Chainsmokers concert: a shocking video shows a huge crowd at the music group’s Hamptons show on Long Island

SOUTHAMPTON, Suffolk County (WABC) – Governor Andrew Cuomo is lashing out after the video showed a massive crowd gathered in front of the stage at a Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons.

Cuomo says he is “horrified” and confirmed that the state Department of Health will carry out an investigation into “egregious violations of social distancing”.

“We do not tolerate the reckless and reckless danger of public health,” the tweet read Monday night.

The Saturday night concert, called “Safe & Sound,” was billed as a charity show with 500 cars and approximately 2,000 people. It is also where David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, and the band of the City of Southampton supervisor Jay Schneiderman performed.

Cuomo shared a social media video, which has more than 6 million views, showing crowds of people standing and swaying near the stage. The video shows attendees who appeared to be wearing masks, but many people were standing within 6 feet (2 meters).

“Drive-ins are drive-ins,” Cuomo said during his conference call Tuesday. “You’re in your car, you drive, you stay in your car and you watch the concert, like drive-in movies. I’m old enough to remember them. That wasn’t the concert in the Hamptons.”

Governor Melissa de Rosa’s secretary reiterated that the 50% limit on mass meetings still exists, and its social distance for the different regions of the state that are in phase 4. Movie theaters are still allowed.

“It’s nice to be able to go out, but obviously what we saw over the weekend was not a movie theater,” he said. “So if similar things are happening in the state, they should see what happened in the Hamptons and be warned.”

Cuomo said the state is taking the incident very seriously, adding that both the city and town of Southampton are now open to facing criminal violations.

The state health commissioner has required the people to report what exactly happened and why a permit was issued as part of the investigation.

Below is the letter from New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker:

Dear supervisor

I’m sure you know that New York State has been in a declared state of emergency since March 7, 2020 due to the prevalence of COVID-19. I know that you are aware of the many efforts that this state has made in conjunction with many local governments to combat it. The executive orders of the governor require social distancing, as well as limitations in companies and other activities, for example, the non-essential meeting in excess of fifty people is not allowed, according to executive order 202.53 until August 20, 2020.

As Commissioner of Health, I have also issued a series of health regulations and emergency orders to safeguard public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In that regard, I am very concerned about reports of the drive-in concert held in your city last weekend, which apparently involved thousands of people nearby, outside their vehicles, a VIP area where there were no claims of a vehicle, and generally does not adhere to the social distancing orientation. I don’t know how the city of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious threat to public health.

Inform me within 24 hours about the following:

– Did the city issue a permit for the concert?

– If the permit was issued, how was it consistent with applicable state laws and regulations regarding COVID-19?

– If a permit was issued, what security presence had you planned for the concert?

– Which city officials were at the concert and why was it allowed to continue when it became clear that the rapes were rampant?

Please note that all responses to these questions are a submission to a state department conducting an investigation, and any submission will be considered an affidavit.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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