Governor Cuomo Announces Charges Against Promoter of Chainsmokers Concert

Andrew Taggart

Video from the event showed large crowds packed together and dancing at the show without social distancing.

The DOH charged the promoter with violating an Executive Order and Section 16 of the Public Health Law.

In the Know Experience was slapped with the fine, with Cuomo calling the Water Mill event an "egregious violation of the critical public health measures we have had in place since the beginning of the pandemic".

The promoters of a crowded, controversial charity show by The Chainsmokers in New York's upscale Hamptons this summer was fined $20,000 for violating public health law, according to a Twitter post by Governor Andrew Cuomo today (Oct. 14).

According to Cuomo, the Department of Health found that over 2,150 people attended the concert - well above the permitted number - and that it was not held in accordance with other COVID-19 safety regulations.

A press release added, "In addition, 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 NY". The governor's office said, "Critically, the promoter's special events application omitted reference to a designated "friends and family" section where concertgoers could freely congregate and where mask-wearing was not enforced". Now, New York State wants them to pay up.

The "Safe & Sound" event took place in Southampton at a 100-acre outdoor sculpture park and was billed as a charity drive-in show.

Cuomo announced the fine on Wednesday during a phone call with reporters. He says the town did issue the promoter a summons.

They also claimed "announcements and reminders were made every 30 minutes from the main stage, and security guards regularly patrolled the area to encourage mask wearing and promote social distancing guidelines".

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