In mid-March, eight days after Arielle Charnas used her connection to a celebrity doctor in New York City to score a hotly coveted coronavirus test and confirm she was indeed infected, the influencer and founder of the Something Navy lifestyle brand fled to her weekend rental in Southampton, en famille and avec nanny. To commemorate her deliverance, she did what any grateful Hamptonite would do: she posed for a (since deleted) selfie in artfully draped sweats in front of her pool.
“Fresh air,” she wrote to her 1.3 million followers. Never mind the teeming millions stuck in Cuomoland who had done their civic duty and sheltered in place. As any New Yorker knows, those who populate the Hamptons on a part-time basis do not play by the rules. But while outraged reporters in the New York Post called out Charnas for her dangerous violation of her 14-day quarantine, her neighbors Out East had a more urgent question: How in hell did she get her pool opened in March—when the service companies have been forbidden from doing so?