New York to probe Chainsmokers' Hamptons gig after fans seen breaking COVID safety rules

Attendees were required to follow COVID safety rules to see the benefit concert

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Safe and Sound concert
Safe and Sound concert in Southampton, N.Y., July 2020
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Updated: July 28, 2020 - 6:11pm

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New York health officials are conducting an investigation into a Hamptons concert over the weekend headlined by the Chainsmokers, after seeing online video and other reports showing some fans standing close together and not wearing masks amid the coronavirus. 

“Videos from a concert in Southhampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations," Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Monday. "I am appalled. The department of health will conduct an investigation. We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health.”

The Safe and Sound benefit show was billed as a “drive-in concert." However, some attendees failed to stay in their vehicles and were seen close together, violating social distancing rules 

To attend this concert, fans reportedly had to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire, make sure they had a mask and have their temperature checked by the staff.

In footage that appeared to have been filmed by the band, hundreds of fans were shown standing in close proximity to each other. 

The concert was intended to raise money for a charities including the Children’s Medical Fund of New York. Tickets reportedly cost $250 to $2,500. 

 

 

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