People from 34 states must quarantine themselves for 14 days if enter New York.

That rule only applies to commoners, though. The Department of Health gave musicians from those 34 states a pass on the mandatory quarantine to attend MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order states those who violate it may face a $10,000 fine or up to 15 days in jail.

NYPD’s TV/Movie unit will attend the event this week to make sure “performers and their entourages are wearing masks and staying socially distant.”

From The New York Post:

Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and many others are set to perform at various outdoor locations “with limited or no audience” on Sunday, Aug. 30. The show’s original location at Barclays Arena was dropped due to COVID-19 concerns.

“The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and Citywide Events is working in close coordination with the production to ensure guidelines are being followed,” a City Hall spokesperson said, adding that the NYPD unit will be doing “compliance checks during the production.”

Cuomo’s spokeswoman said that the performers may take part in the VMAs, “but they will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.”

MTV agreed to instill “rigorous safety protocols including testing and screening and compliance checks by a special compliance officer.”

Others found another way around the rule since it does not apply to those who visit New York for less than 24 hours:

Kanye West flew into Teterboro Airport, N.J., on Thursday, then headed into Manhattan, where he pulled over on the West Side Highway to switch vehicles, and visited an art gallery in Chelsea, The Post reported.

Later that day, he headed back through the Lincoln Tunnel to catch another flight.


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.