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New York Gov. Cuomo calls Hamptons concert a 'gross violation' of public health as state launches probe


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into a charity concert that drew a packed crowd of partiers in the tony beach village of Southampton this past weekend.

“It wasn’t just a gross violation of public health rules. It was a gross violation of common sense,” Cuomo said Tuesday during a press conference call. 

The concert, called Safe & Sound, was a drive-in charity concert that included performances from the Chainsmokers. Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who moonlights as D.J. D-Sol, opened the concert. 

The event quickly came under fire after video footage from the night surfaced on social media showing crowds of people not social distancing, wearing maskes or following public health measures. 

Goldman Sachs released a statement Tuesday saying that Solomon “agreed to participate in an event for charity in which the organizers worked closely with the local government and put strict health protocols in place.” The company said Solomon performed early and left before the show ended.

“The vast majority of the audience appeared to follow the rules, but he’s troubled that some violated them and put themselves and others at risk,” the investment bank said in a statement.

According to the event description, the concert was “designed to maximize social distancing.” All venue staff were required to wear masks and the tailgate area allowed up to 600 vehicles. The event also restricted each vehicle to hold a maximum of 4 guests in a sedan and 6 in a SUV.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.


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