Despite The Chainsmokers good intentions when performing a concert in Southampton, New York on July 25th, the show quickly turned controversial when little to no social distancing was observed. Now, months after the fact, the event promoters are paying the price.
What promised to be a Corona Virus-safe concert saw 2,000 attendees leaving their pre-allocated spaces in order to approach the concert stage. The actions by many were in direct defiance of the state of New York’s public conduct mandates and this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that In the Know Experiences and Invisible Noise Productions, will face a $20,000 fine for violating public health law.
In addition to the fine, Cuomo also slapped additional restrictions on the town by withholding Southampton permits for group gatherings without state approval. Despite following guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which included temperature checks upon arrival, face masks, and cleaning bathrooms every 10 minutes, the event organizers were unable to control every aspect of the attendees’ actions (see below.)