Back in July, The Chainsmokers were criticised for holding a charity concert in Southampton, New York after footage from the show surfaced showing attendees violating COVID-19 protocols. Shortly after this footage emerged, New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo described the event as “an illegal and reckless endangerment of public health” and said that the Department of Health would be launching an investigation.
Yesterday, Gov. Cuomo confirmed that the Department of Health has charged the show’s organizers, In the Know Experiences, with violating the Public Health Law “for holding a non-essential gathering and failure to enforce mask wearing.” The company has also been fined $20,000.
The DOH’s investigation found that more than 2,150 people attended the Chainsmokers’ concert, according to a press release. Moreover, “the event was not held in accordance with other safety measures outlined in the permit application and promotional materials, and created conditions that increased the risk of spreading COVID-19 in New York.”
Gov. Cuomo commented in the press release: “The Chainsmokers concert promoter is charged today with violating an Executive Order and Section 16 of the Public Health Law. As I said immediately following reports of this event, it was an egregious violation of the critical public health measures we have had in place since the beginning of this pandemic to protect New Yorkers from COVID-19. We will continue to hold people and businesses accountable for their actions and the local governments must enforce the rules or else we will hold them accountable as well.”
NEW: Following an investigation into the Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons this summer, the promoters will be fined $20,000 for violating public health law.
Further, the Town of Southampton cannot approve permits for group gatherings without State approval.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 14, 2020