A concert the Chainsmokers held Saturday to raise money for charity has made them a target of criticism.
Although the “Safe & Sound Drive-In Fundraiser Concert” at the Water Ark Project in Water Mill, N.Y., was advertised as a drive-in event where masks were provided, photos on social media showed large crowds of people standing in close proximity, which is in direct contrast to public health advice about the coronavirus pandemic.
People on Twitter were incensed with video and photos from the event. They called it “straight up irresponsible” and noted having it now is “in direct opposition” to being able to reopen the world back up for music concerts and festivals.
honestly im all for small get togethers so long as your friends/fam get tested, quarantine, etc (ive done it myself)….
but to go out with hundreds or thousands of people you dont know in your vicinity to party?? FOR THE CHAINSMOKERS??? https://t.co/CDoF3xOgVo
— kyra ☭ (@kyrawins) July 27, 2020
yikes so close to doing something cool but let way too many people come
— BECKY (@ofintimacy) July 27, 2020
The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert last night.
No social-distancing during a pandemic. We may be doomed…pic.twitter.com/rreahTaK0p
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) July 27, 2020
The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert in the Hamptons last night…looks like social distancing was strongly enforced 🤦🏻♂️….when NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish white people
Via IG:adamalpert pic.twitter.com/yLe1XaE0hS
— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) July 26, 2020
This (with little to no rules being enforced) is doing nothing but kicking the can further down the road into 2021.
Everyone wants concerts back. Everyone wants festivals back.
This is in direct opposition to that actually happening next [email protected] https://t.co/xNVqZXYJWE
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) July 27, 2020
In response, event organizers In the Know Experiences and Invisible Noise gave the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment:
The Safe & Sound drive-in concert fundraiser followed the guidelines created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made best efforts to ensure New York’s social distancing guidelines were properly maintained throughout the event. We collaborated with all state and local health officials to keep everyone safe, create awareness for local businesses, provide work to over 350 people who have been unemployed as a result of the pandemic and to bring some joy into people’s lives during these difficult times. The event also raised money for No Kid Hungry, Southampton Fresh Air Home and Children’s Medical Fund of New York. Prior to the event, all guests were instructed to self-monitor their temperature daily for two weeks leading up to the event, maintaining a temperature below 99.5° F (37.5° C). Additionally, they were asked to disclose if they tested positive for COVID-19 or if they were in contact with anyone who tested positive within the last two weeks. Upon arrival, individuals within each car had their temperatures taken and were also provided complimentary face masks before driving to their designated 20′ x 20′ spot.
Guests were also instructed that they would not be allowed to leave their designed spots for any reason other than to use the restroom facilities. Announcements and reminders were made every 30 minutes from the main stage, and security guards regularly patrolled the area to encourage mask wearing and promote social distancing guidelines. The event organizers followed all proper and current protocol, including spacing each spot more than six feet apart, positioning sanitizing stations throughout the open grounds, temperature checks for all attendees, sanitization of restrooms every 10 minutes, local security enforcing guests to wear their masks both in and out of their designated areas, contact tracing, clearly marked parking zones, as well as providing complimentary face masks upon arrival.
Proceeds from the event benefitted No Kid Hungry, Southampton Fresh Air Home and Children’s Medical Fund of New York, according to the official news release.
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