- On Tuesday, Vogue deleted a story from its website featuring the October 11 wedding of Chelsea Keyes and Evan McDuffie on Martha’s Vineyard — one day after posting the article online.
- The story was deleted after it came to light that the wedding had caused an outbreak of ten coronavirus cases, according to the Vineyard Gazette.
- Before the story was taken down, the article showed photos of many attendees forgoing face masks and social distancing, according to local outlets.
- The outbreak came at the start of a new surge of COVID-19 cases on Martha’s Vineyard.
- In a statement to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the bride said: “While we do not know the source of the outbreak, we deeply regret the impact it’s had on our guests, family, and the Island community.”
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A 1,000-word story about a Martha’s Vineyard wedding was quietly deleted from Vogue’s website on Tuesday after a resident complained to the magazine that the event had contributed to a coronavirus cluster on the island, the Vineyard Gazette reported.
The article, which was posted online on Monday, detailed the October 11 wedding of Chelsea Keyes and Evan McDuffie at the Lambert’s Cove Inn in West Tisbury, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which — along with the Vineyard Gazette — had read the story before it was taken down.
The story made no mention of the attendees getting sick after the wedding, and in the nearly 70 photos included in the Vogue story, attendees were rarely seen wearing face masks or following social distancing, both outlets reported.
The article is no longer available, but a post from Vogue’s official account still mentions the wedding.
—Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) November 16, 2020
Health officials have connected to the wedding ten COVID-19 infections, including those of six island workers, according to the Vineyard Gazette.
While no other COVID-19 cases on Martha’s Vineyard have been directly tied to the wedding, the cluster corresponded with a surge of cases on the island.
In the past three weeks, the island has recorded 118 new infections — more cases than the island experienced in the first seven months of the pandemic alone, the Martha’s Vineyard Times reported.
The Vineyard Gazette first reported on the cluster in late October.
At the time, island health officials said the venue would not be penalized because it adhered to all state and local protocols, the newspaper reported. However, the officials said that wedding guests did violate interstate travel rules, which required anyone coming from outside Massachusetts to fill out a travel form and either quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
But by the time the cluster was identified, the out-of-staters had already returned home and no one was fined, the Vineyard Gazette reported.
Insider has contacted the couple and Condé Nast, Vogue’s parent company, for comment.
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