Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York recently added an exception to the mandatory quarantine period for travelers: the elite VMA attendees.
Although the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines no longer recommend a 14-day quarantine after travel, Governor Cuomo of New York refuses to rescind his mandatory quarantine order, with the exception of famous people, apparently.
The MTV Video Music Awards will be held on August 30th in a series of outdoor performances spread out around the NYC boroughs. Stars will be traveling from around the world to attend the event, and will be required to wear masks and socially distance. But unlike regular people who want to travel to New York, the rich and famous will not be forced to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.
Cuomo’s executive order, which implemented the quarantine mandate, would make violators of the mandate pay up to $10,000 in fines and/or serve up to 15 days in jail.
A spokesperson for the Governor tried to explain the issue by saying that the stars will be quarantining when they aren’t performing or participating in the production of the show. Governor Cuomo himself has not yet issued a comment about the double standard.
These elites have always had privileges that the average person doesn’t, but the blatant hypocrisy in this decision has provoked the ire of many people.
Conservative talk radio host Buck Sexton points out the hypocrisy in a tweet:
The Democrat politicians and media in charge of (ruining) your life want to be very clear: this virus requires extreme measures. We are all in this together.
Unless there’s a fancy event full of lib celebrities. The virus doesn’t spread there. Obviously. https://t.co/2xxFozQOWT
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 24, 2020
Former spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, Dana Loesch also spoke about Cuomo’s decision:
If you’re traveling to NY and want to avoid the state’s mandatory quarantine, just tell them you’re there for the VMAs: https://t.co/8sVdywK7Jd
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 24, 2020