A drive-in performance by The Chainsmokers that was intended to raise money for charity instead turned into an EDM-centric public health controversy when some members of the crowd were spotted on video not appearing to follow social distancing protocols.
Taking place in the posh New York enclave of Southampton on July 25, the event made national headlines after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for an investigation into the show by the New York Department of Health. "I am appalled...We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health," Cuomo wrote in an announcement that the investigation would take place.
Cuomo on Oct. 14 announced the results of this investigation: a $20,000 fine for show promoters In the Know Experiences. Furthermore, the town of Southampton is no longer able to approve permits for group gatherings without approval from the state.