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AUTHORITIES in Southampton, New York  has begun investigation into possible disregard of COVID-19 protocols following videos release from Chainsmokers concert that showed a large crowd apparently gathered in close proximity.

  New York state Governor, Andrew Cuomo while expressing shock says, “he is “appalled” by footage from the event which shows a large crowd, suggesting ignoring of social distancing rules.

  According to report, the Safe and Sound gig was held in Southampton, New York, over the weekend and was intended to be a drive-in event with space for about 600 cars.

  One of the clips appeared to be filmed from the stage and showed some of the crowd bouncing up and down, prompting the governor to describe it as possible “egregious social distancing violations”.

  It would be recalled that New York has been one of the states worst-hit by America’s COVID-19 outbreak, recording more coronavirus-related deaths than any other.

  Saturday night’s concert was the first in a series planned by main organisersi in The Know Experiences, aiming to raise money for local charities helping with the response to the pandemic.

  Sources say, tickets cost up to $25,000 (£19,400), according to Billboard, and the proceeds will go to several local charities – including the Children’s Medical Fund of New York.

  In a post on their website, organisers said: “We are excited about this opportunity as with the current situation in the country people do want to get out of their homes and experience things that they are used to experiencing, but doing them in the right and safe way.”

  Electronic duo The Chainsmokers headlined the gig, supported by Goldman Sachs Group boss David Solomon – under his stage name DJ D-Sol – and Southampton town supervisor Jay Schneiderman’s own band.

  Expressing his feelings, ace entertainer, Solomon, who performed for an hour, said in an interview with the media, “The group that put this together did an incredible job in a difficult environment.”

  According to the organisers, they had worked with state and local health officials to keep people safe.

  However,  New York’s state health commissioner  are  among those who have criticised the event.

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