The Chainsmokers called 'straight up irresponsible' after crowd packs in for charity concert

·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

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.

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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