Celebs Attending VMA Awards Get to Skip NYC Quarantine Protocol
So apparently if you're famous, then the rules just don't apply.
This weekend the VMA's will be held in New York City. Yes, you read that right. The MTV Video Music Awards are on despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They are scheduled for Sunday, August 30th at Brooklyn's Barclay Center with some performances taking place at other locations around the city.
So here's the deal, not only are they moving forward with the awards, keep in mind even the Tony Awards were postponed indefinitely, they're making some major exceptions for those stars attending.
Unlike others that travel to New York, those musicians, singers and dancers hitting the Big Apple for the show will not have to follow a state rule to quarantine for 14 days. This is for any of them coming to New York from any of 34 states, including California and Florida.
The New York Post reports that the NYPD will be on hand, not to issue fines that have been set for violating the quarantine order, but to make sure the stars and their entourages are following guidelines such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.“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.”
Mayor Cuomo's executive order indicated that violators could serve up to 15 days in jail or pay up to $10,000 for not adhering to the 14 day quarantine. Unless you're Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber...then it's just "welcome to New York! Enjoy your stay!"
The VMA's will be the first live award show to air since COVID-19 started. It will air starting at 8pm on MTV. Keke Palmer is set to host, with 10 acts scheduled to perform.