Cuomo says he is “surprised” and has confirmed that the health department will “investigate serious social disturbances” in the state.
“We have no tolerance for illegal reckless endangerment of public health,” the governor’s Monday night tweet read.
The Saturday Night Concert – called “Safe and Sound” – was billed as a charity drive-in show with 500 cars and an estimated 2,000 people. This is also where Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Southampton Town Supervisor J. Schneiderman’s band performed.
Cuomo shared a social media video, viewed more than 6 million times, showing a crowd of people standing and standing near the stage. The video shows attendees who appeared to be wearing masks, but several individuals stood close to 6 feet (2 meters).
Videos of a concert held in Southampton on Saturday such as anti-social violence violations. I am surprised
The health department will investigate.
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– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) 28 July 2020
“Drive-in are drive-in,” Cuomo said during his teleconference call on Tuesday. “You’re in your car, you drive, you live in your car and you watch concerts like drive-in movies. I’m old enough to remember them. This is not what the concert was in the Hamptons . “
Governor Melissa de Rosa’s secretary reiterated the 50% cap in large-scale gatherings, and its socially distancing for the various areas of the state that are in Phase 4. Drive-in movie theaters are still allowed.
“It’s a good thing to be able to go out, but obviously what we saw over the weekend was not in the movie theater,” she said. “So if similar things are happening in the state, they should see what happened in Hampton and move it forward.”
Cuomo said the state is taking the incident very seriously and said that both the City and Village of Southampton are now open to facing criminal violations.
The state’s health commissioner has demanded a city report on what exactly happened and why a permit was issued as part of the investigation.
Below is the NY State Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker’s letter is:
I am sure you are aware that since March 7, 2020, New York State is declaring a state of emergency due to the prevalence of COVID-19. I am aware that this state has been aware of the many efforts made to counter this with several local governments. The Governor’s executive orders require social distinctions as well as limitations on businesses and other activities, for example, according to Executive Order 202.53 as of August 20, 2020, no non-essential gathering of more than fifty persons is permitted. is.
As Health Commissioner, I have also issued several health regulations and emergency orders to protect public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In this regard I am deeply disturbed by reports related to a “drive-in” concert held in your city last weekend, which apparently involved thousands of people, among their vehicles, a VIP area where there was no pretense Vehicles, and generally not following social distance guidance. I am hurt by how the city of Southampton could issue permits for such an event, believing it was legal and not an obvious public health threat.
Please inform me within 24 hours on the following:
– Did the city issue a permit for the concert?
– If the permit was issued, how did the permit conform to applicable state regulations and laws relative to COVID-19?
– If a permit was issued, what security presence did you plan for the concert?
– What were the city officials at the concert and why was it allowed to continue when it became a clear violation?
Please advise that all answers to these questions are a submission to a State Department to conduct an investigation, and any submission will be considered an affidavit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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