The state of New York has decided to suspend its 14-day quarantine rule for travelers from one of the 34 states it considers high-risk, but only for entertainment stars who are arriving this week for the annual Video Music Award show.
Stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and several others are scheduled to perform at the event this week. The VMAs were originally planned to take place at the Barclays Arena, but were moved to a series of outdoor venues out of concern for COVID-19. Each of the venues will feature limited or no audience in attendance.
The office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged that the performers were being given special treatment, but stipulated it was still only a "semi-exemption" to the rules.
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."
For average citizens, New York's quarantine rules are elaborate and come with a great deal of trace and tracking paperwork, something that the state acknowledges is intentionally designed to be a deterrent for people to ensure that they are being cautious about where they travel.
The VMAs are scheduled for August 30 at 8 p.m.