New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded angrily to footage of a Chainsmokers rock concert in Southampton over the weekend, announcing an immediate investigation over an event that he described as "illegal and reckless". "I am appalled", Cuomo wrote.
They said in a statement that they worked with state and local health officials to implement the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines, that all attendees were screened for fevers before entering, and that they "made best efforts" to follow New York's social distancing rules.
An estimated 2,000 people attended the gig, with ticket prices ranging from $850 (£661) to $25,000 (£19,450).
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Concertgoer Jamie Books said "everyone was social distancing and being responsible", while fellow patron Sierra Smith said she "felt very safe and it was a ton of fun", Buzzfeed reported.
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The state's health commissioner, Dr Howard A. Zucker, said he was "greatly disturbed" by reports that the concert "involved thousands of people in close proximity, out of their vehicles, [in] a VIP area where there was no pretence of a vehicle, and generally not adhering to social distancing guidance".
Mr Solomon said in an interview on Monday that the party in the Hamptons, an enclave where rich New Yorkers and A-list celebrities spend their summers, was "beautiful" and proves "we can do things that feel more normal and allow us to live with this virus safely". He is a 2011 Western Kentucky University graduate who has previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter and the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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