NY concert with Goldman Sachs chief, The Chainsmokers to be investigated over 'egregious' social-distancing violations: Cuomo

Drive-in event 'Safe & Sound' in Hamptons had space for 600 cars. Cuomo: 'I am appalled'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that health authorities would investigate a charity concert, which included performances by Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) boss David Solomon and the Chainsmokers, over social distancing violations.

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Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon performs at a night club in Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 14, 2018. REUTERS/Trevor Hunnicutt).

The drive-in event, called 'Safe & Sound', had space for about 600 cars and was held in Southampton, New York on Saturday. It was the first in a series of such concerts planned for the United States, according to its organizer's website.

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Solomon, who goes by the deejay name D-Sol, was on stage and performed for an hour. "The group that put this together did an incredible job in a difficult environment," he said in an interview with Bloomberg.

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"Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations," Cuomo said in a tweet "I am appalled."

The Chainsmokers perform during the "Safe & Sound" drive-in concert fundraiser. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Safe & Sound)

The organizers said in a statement that they collaborated with all state and local health officials and the concert followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines.

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New York has been one of the worst coronavirus-affected regions in United States, recording more deaths than any other U.S. state. Cuomo, a Democrat, announced limited and phased reopenings in the state starting mid-May, according to the New York Times.

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Profits from the event, for which tickets cost up to $25,000, will go to several local charity, according to Billboard.

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