NY Governor Cuomo Warns of Consequences for Chainsmokers' Charity Concert; Organizers Say They Followed Guidelines

July 29, 2020
 Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers perform live

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New York Governor Cuomo warned that local officials in Southampton, New York could be held civilly or criminally liable for Saturday's Chainsmokers' charity concert. The New York Post reports that in a Tuesday call with reporters, Cuomo reiterated his Monday tweet that he was "appalled" with what happened. The concert was "gross violation of not only the public health rules, it was a gross violation of common sense. It was grossly disrespectful to fellow New Yorkers," said Cuomo Tuesday. Cuomo says the Department of Health will do a full investigation into local leaders, law enforcement and others connected with the concert. Video of the Saturday night concert showed people standing closer than six feet. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman's band performed along with the Chainsmokers that night, as did Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, billed as DJ D-Sol. Schneiderman says that he reviewed aerial footage and that people seemed to follow the guidelines for most of the show. "At the very end of the event they deviated and that’s unfortunate," he said. Schneiderman said that the organizers were to blame for the clusters of fans, but organizers say that every half hour fans were reminded to stay socially distant and were offered hand sanitizer and masks.