Report: New York City Exempts Hollywood Celebrities From COVID-19 Mandate

Celebrities and their entourage traveling to New York City for the Video Music Awards next Sunday evening have been given a pass on the state’s 14-day coronavirus-related quarantine requirement.

As the New York Post reports, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and other celebrities performing at the venue will be doing so “with limited or no audience.” Participants will be required to wear personal protective face masks and have been asked to maintain social distancing guidelines.

The singers and dancers, however, will be exempt from a mandate restricting those who come into New York from high-risk states.

“Unlike other travelers, the VMA musicians, singers and dancers won’t have to follow a state rule to quarantine for 14 days if they come to New York from any of 34 states, including California and Florida, with average COVID infection rates exceeding 10 percent,” the New York Post reports.

The report adds:

Under an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, anyone who violates the quarantine order is subject to a fine up to $10,000 or up to 15 days in jail.

But the state Department of Health has granted the VMAs a semi-exemption to the quarantine rule.

They can “participate in the production of the show,” a spokeswoman for Cuomo said, “but they will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.”

To receive the exemption, the VMAs agreed to police itself with “rigorous safety protocols including testing and screening and compliance checks by a special compliance officer.”

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Some celebs are finding other ways to skirt the COVID-19 rules.

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.

Page Six reports the event was initially scheduled to be held at the Barclays Center before it was moved. Representatives for the facility clarified: “The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30 and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around [NYC] with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines.”

“In close consultation with state and local health officials, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,” the statement continued.


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