Promoter Fined For Holding High Risk New York Concert


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This past July, the world's highest-paid DJs the Chainsmokers (Alexander "Alex" Pall and Andrew "Drew" Taggart) turned a blind eye to the state of the world and hosted a concert in the Hamptons.

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.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Twitter that the promoter behind the show, In the Know Experiences, will be forced to pay a $20,000 Dollars fine for violating the Public Health Law by "holding a non-essential gathering and failure to enforce mask wearing". 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.

More than 2,150 people attended the event, according to an investigation by the Health Department, exceeding the maximum allowable capacity per the special event permit.

In the Know Experience was slapped with the fine, with Cuomo calling the Water Mill event an "egregious violation of the critical public health measures we have had in place since the beginning of the pandemic".

According to the state, the promoter was issued the permit after the Special Events Application said safety measures would be in place to protect against COVID-19.

Cuomo also took aim at Southampton - whose business owners previously decried the increased state-level scrutiny they began receiving after the show - specifying that it "cannot approve permits for group gatherings without State approval."

The opening act of the concert was Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman's band. "Frankly, I don't know what they were thinking".

You can see the full report from New York State here.

Tickets for the event cost between $850 and $25,000.

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