Stars traveling in to New York City to perform or otherwise take part in the Video Music Awards show will be exempted from the governor’s 14-day quarantine mandate.
Governor Cuomo’s executive order requires that any traveler coming in to New York from one of the 34 states that he has identified as “high risk” (which includes states like California and Florida) must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in order to prevent any transmission of COVID-19.
Violators of the order could face up to 15 days in jail or up to $10,000 in fines.
The state’s Department of Health has provided a “semi-exemption”, however, to the nation’s biggest stars so that they can attend the annual award show.
While they are allowed to participate and bypass the quarantine process any other American must adhere to, the Governor’s spokesperson has assured everyone that the stars “will only interact with other members of the cast and crew and will quarantine when not working.”
Stars must agree to “rigorous safety protocols” like testing and screening. They will be required to wear face masks and social distance. In addition, the New York Police Department will be in attendance to conduct compliance checks.
“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,” said a City Hall spokesperson.
If you are not a star traveling for the purposes of an awards show, New York requires that you fill out extensive paperwork if you are visiting from a COVID-19 hotspot location. This paperwork is intended to be a travel deterrent, and New York has reported that there has been “nearly 100 percent compliance” with the procedures.
Refusal by an ordinary American to fill out the paperwork could result in a summons and a $2,000 fine.
The VMAs will be held on August 30th. They have been moved from the inside location at Barclays Arena to an outside venue as a COVID-19 precaution, and there will be very few, if anyone, in the audience.
Stars like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande are scheduled to perform.
Performers Roddy Ricch and J Balvin have had to cancel their plans to participate in the VMAs due to various complications caused by COVID-19.