How to help in the George Floyd protests and beyond.

Social distancing violations at Chainsmokers concert prompts state investigation

Video from the concert shows attendees standing close together.

July 28, 2020
Social distancing violations at Chainsmokers concert prompts state investigation Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vevo.  

Video from a Chainsmokers concert over the weekend has sparked concern from New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, and prompted a Department of Health investigation, according to the New York Times. The clip shows attendees at the Safe & Sound show largely failing at social distancing, standing close to each other, and not wearing masks.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations,” Cuomo said in a tweet. “We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health.” The event's organizers released a statement insisting that proper safety protocols were followed, including temperature checks, and having security "encourage" mask-wearing and social distancing.

Originally billed as a "drive-in music experience" with tickets costing upwards of $25,000, it was expected for guests to sit outside of but close to their parked vehicles in the spaced-out venue. Chief executive of Goldman Sachs, David M. Solomon, also known as D.J. D-Sol, also performed. “This will be a safe and controlled environment, setting the bar for all events to come,” the organizers said of the event.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat,” said New York’s health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in a letter.

See footage from the concert and Gov. Cuomo's response below.

ADVERTISEMENT
Social distancing violations at Chainsmokers concert prompts state investigation