Governor announces $20K in pandemic fines over Chainsmokers concert

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FILE – In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Andrew Taggart, of The Chainsmokers, performs “Sick Boy” at WE Day California at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. New York’s governor says he is “appalled” by videos showing crowds standing close together at a Hamptons concert featuring The Chainsmokers over the weekend. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state Department of Health will conduct an investigation into “egregious social distancing violations.” The Saturday night concert on July 25, 2020, was billed as a charity drive-in show called “Safe & Sound” where Goldman Sachs’ CEO and the Southampton town supervisor also performed. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Department of Health has charged “In the Know Experiences”—the concert promoter behind the July Chainsmokers performance in Southampton—for holding a non-essential gathering and not enforcing masks. They are seeking $20,000 in fines through a hearing process initiated through the service of charges. 

“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,” Cuomo said. “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.”

The town of Southampton issued the promoter a special event permit after reviewing their application, which stated that they would follow numerous preventative measures. However, the application reportedly left out the “friends and family” section, where concertgoers were not required to wear masks and could freely congregate.

According to an investigation by the Department of Health, over 2,150 people went to the concert, exceeding maximums allowed under the permit. The event also did not follow all safety measures described in the permit application, which created conditions that increased the risk of spreading the virus.


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