Andrew Cuomo Condemns 'Illegal and Reckless' Chainsmokers Drive-in Concert: 'I Am Appalled'



Organizers are now calling the videos circulating on social media misleading and say that they did everything in their power to ensure safety protocols were followed at the event.

According to Billboard, organizers assured that the event would follow guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as all state and local health mandates, and guests had to complete an online COVID-19 questionnaire before ticket purchases were finalized. 

Concert attendees were given free face masks and had their temperatures taken upon arrival, while bathrooms at the event were also cleaned every 10 minutes, according to the report.

"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," reads a statement provided to the outlet by organizers In the Know Experiences and Invisible Noise. "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 video that everyone is talking about was taken from an angle that doesn’t properly convey how careful we were to follow the guidelines created by the CDC," the statement from In the Know Experiences continues. "We did everything in our power to enforce New York’s social distancing guidelines and collaborated with all state and local health officials to keep everyone safe."

Concertgoers who attended the event also attested that it was safe and followed specific health guidelines.

"Everyone was social-distancing and being responsible," Jamie Books, a resident of Southampton, told BuzzFeed News. "We had an amazing time and hope to see more events like this," she added.

"There were a ton of security guards making sure people weren't leaving their designated areas," fellow concertgoer Sierra Smith told the publication. "[I] felt very safe and it was a ton of fun."

Reps for the Chainsmokers directed PEOPLE to In the Know Experiences' statement.

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