Local officials in Hampton could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” during a full weekend concert featuring the Chainsmokers, who flaunted the restrictions on social distancing, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
Cuomo said Saturday’s Southampton charity event on Saturday night – which reached more than 2,000 live performers – was “grossly disrespectful to New Yorkers” and was now being investigated by the state health department.
“The concert that took place in the city of Southampton was just a gross violation not only of public health rules, but a gross violation of common sense,” the governor said during a briefing.
“There are also reports that we are receiving behavior in the village of Southampton that continues and recurs, which also violates public health regulations,”
Cuomo announced the state investigation on Monday, rocking the show for “outrageous violations of social distancing.”
In a letter to city officials Monday, State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said he was “extremely worried” about the meeting, with images from the concert showing fans side by side in front of the Watermill stage.
In addition to The Chainsmokers, the show included introductory performances by the group’s supervisor, Jay Schneiderman, and Goldman Sach CEO David Solomon, also known as DJ D-Sol.
Schneiderman told The Post on Tuesday that the city’s permission for the event did not allow the concertgoers to gather together – but said “we will make the organizers responsible for this.”
“I looked at some aerial videos and photos and for most of the event they seem to be following the instructions and at the very end of the event they deviated and that’s unfortunate,” he said.
“I asked the organizers to identify how many people entered this pit. It is not clear, but it was approximately 100. I asked everyone to be tested and if anyone is positive, we will take steps to make sure they are quarantined. “
The organizers insist in a statement that they follow the instructions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the show, “and make every effort to ensure that the guidelines for social distancing in New York are properly maintained throughout the event.
The organizers of the Experience of Knowledge and Invisible Noise said participants were told to stay in their designated section to monitor social distancing and were offered masks and hand sanitizers. They said the announcement was made every 30 minutes, they said.
The event raised money for No Kid Hungry, the fresh air home in Southampton and the children’s medical fund in New York at Kilden.