The Chainsmokers’ Hamptons Concert Under Investigation by Gov. Cuomo’s Office

Attendees at the drive-in concert left their cars and did not practice social distancing

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers perform during the 'Safe & Sound' Drive-In Concert
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers perform during the 'Safe & Sound' Drive-In Concert.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Safe & Sound
By Bonnie Stiernberg / July 28, 2020 12:00 pm

A Hamptons concert by The Chainsmokers is reportedly under investigation by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office after fans were caught on tape ignoring social-distancing guidelines.

The concert, which took place on Saturday and featured opening performances by Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s band and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon (performing as DJ D-Sol), was a charity event — part of the Safe & Sound concert series, as Page Six reported. Drive-in parking spots were sold for as high as $25,000, but people were seen leaving their cars and crowding near the stage despite not wearing masks.

State health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker sent a letter on Monday to Schneiderman expressing his concern. “I am greatly disturbed by reports concerning the ‘drive-in’ concert held in your town this past weekend, which apparently involved thousands of people in close proximity, out of their vehicles, a VIP area where there was no pretense of a vehicle, and generally not adhering to social distancing guidance,” he wrote. “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.”

Schneiderman told Page Six that his office will have responded to the questions Zucker presented in his letter by the end of day Tuesday and added, “This was a charitable event … I am as upset as anyone else.” He noted that his office is also investigating the concert.

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