Chainsmokers promoter fined $20,000 for non-socially-distanced Hamptons concert

Brenda Watkins
October 17, 2020

Remember that extremely cursed Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons earlier this year where the duo performed alongside Goldman Sachs executive David M. Solomon?

However, the show also raised concerns about social distancing after videos of the event showed an unsanctioned "VIP" section at the front of the stage with dozens packed in without masks.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the New York State Health Department has charged In the Know Experiences, the concert promoter involved in the Chainsmokers concert held in Water Mill in July, with violating public health law. The state immediately launched a probe into allegations that the concert broke the governor's social-distancing orders meant to curb the spread of coronavirus. DOH is seeking $20,000 in fines for holding a nonessential gathering and failure to enforce mask wearing.

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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. In addition, DOH said 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. In addition, the town of Southampton will no longer be able to approve permits for group gatherings without State's review. "Frankly, I don't know what they were thinking". The town had approved the charity concert where the band performed.

The drive-in event had space for about 600 cars on a 100-acre field.

Tickets for the event ranged from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars for a auto spot to see The Chainsmokers perform with all proceeds going to charity.

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