Trey Songz, who had coronavirus two months ago, decided he would act like we’re not in a pandemic by throwing a concert last Saturday at Aftermath nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Around 500 people actually showed up for that show. And now the nightclub has been cited for violating COVID-19 health orders! Welp, here’s a celebrity who puts less effort into COVID safety than Lana Del Rey.
Ohio has reported over 484,000 cases of coronavirus and so far over 7,000 people have died there. But who cares? Trey Songz is performing! Aftermath made no secret of the event, posting about it to Instagram.
NBC News says that the Ohio Investigative Unit looked into the concert and said there was basically no effort to stop the spread of a potentially lethal and highly contagious virus. Masks were virtually non-existent, there were no barriers, people shared drinks. I mean… I’m never sharing a drink with a person again in my life–how are y’all doing this today? Eric Wolf, the enforcement commander of the Investigative Unit, said after the show:
“Basically, it was just a concert environment. If you had taken that event and put it in 2019, it would have been pretty much the same concert, same event that was taking place last night.”
They received a citation for improper conduct and disorderly activities, and the unit referred the case to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission–handing over pictures and videos of all the health hazards. Variety says that a rep for the Liquor Control Commission told them the issue didn’t have a hearing yet and so they couldn’t be specific. But what they did say didn’t sound great, telling Variety it can take weeks to set up a hearing, and then they’ll look at the evidence. Too bad people love to upload evidence to Twitter, Instagram stories, TikTok, YouTube, etc.
A new music venue, Aftermath, was cited for “egregious violations of health orders" when agents in Columbus counted about 500 people at a Trey Songz performance Saturday night pic.twitter.com/ODxNsB5JZr
— Pete Grieve (@pete_grieve) December 7, 2020
Ohio "Aftermath" night club in Columbus, Ohio had Trey songz perform last Saturday, with over 500 people in attendance, only! Police eventually cited the night club for putting on the event#COVIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/z2rodu7iya
— 👋 Bunker B!tch (@InsideASCIF) December 9, 2020
So here’s what punishments Aftermath faces:
“In terms of possible penalties, the Commission has the authority to issue a suspension and/or revocation, and in most cases, may allow the permit holder the opportunity to pay a financial forfeiture in lieu of serving the suspension and/or revocation. The Commission considers all relevant factors, including the nature of the violation, the seriousness of the offense, the facts of the case, the permit holder’s prior record, if any, as well as any other relevant information, including any mitigation evidence presented by the permit holder.”
And according to a reporter from Spectrum News in Ohio, Aftermath has been temporarily shut down:
Aftermath Night Club in Columbus is immediately shut down after a 500-person Trey Songz concert last weekend. pic.twitter.com/5vz2ysrqui
— Tino Bovenzi (@TinoBovenzi) December 8, 2020
Variety did not hear back from Trey Songz or anyone at his label, but he did do another show in Texas, which he posted about on Instagram and later deleted that post. And recently, he posted to “Be safe and have fun.”
So there are people who are willing to risk it all for Trey Songz?! Come on now. If you’re gonna catch coronavirus, do it for something good, like a 25-man gang bang.