Organizers Defend Chainsmokers Concert

The Chainsmokers concert at Nova's Ark in Watermill, NY on 7-25-20.
The Chainsmokers concert at Nova’s Ark in Watermill, NY on 7-25-20. photo by Rob Rich/ ©2020 [email protected] 516-676-3939

The organizers of the “Safe & Sound” drive-on concert featuring the Chainsmokers in Bridgehampton, which has drawn the ire of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state health commissioner, say they did their best to enforce social distancing guidelines.

In a statement on behalf of In The Know Experiences and Invisible Noise, the organizers said the fundraiser followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines — even though videos shared on social media show a crowd of people directly in front of the stage as if it was a pre-pandemic concert.

Cuomo has said in a Tweet Monday night, “I am appalled.”  The videos show “egregious social distancing violations,” he said. State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has begun an investigation, demanding answers from Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who played with his band as an opening act. He said the organizers deviated from their approved and permitted plan by opening a VIP area in front of the stage.

Organizers Defend Chainsmokers Concert

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