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Hamptons Chainsmokers concert could have civil, criminal repercussions

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Local officials in the Hamptons could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” over a packed weekend concert featuring The Chainsmokers that flaunted social distancing restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

Cuomo said Southampton’s Saturday night “drive-in” charity gig — that drew in excess of 2,000 concertgoers — was “grossly disrespectful to fellow New Yorkers” and is now the subject of a state health department probe.

“The concert that happened in the town of Southampton was just a gross violation of not only the public health rules, it was a gross violation of common sense,” the governor said during a briefing.

“There have also been reports that we have been receiving about behavior in the village of Southampton that has been ongoing and recurring that also violates the public health regulations,” he said. “So, that (investigation) is ongoing and that is being handled by the Department of Health, violations public health law has civil fines and a potential for criminal liability, so we’re taking that very seriously.”

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