Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti intensified penalties for people and properties hosting parties.
On Wednesday, Garcetti announced that he authorized the city government to cut power and water to homes that host unlawful gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Tonight, I am authorizing the city to shut off Los Angeles Department of Water and Power service in the egregious cases in which houses, businesses, and other venues are hosting unpermitted large gatherings,” he said during a press conference.
“Starting on Friday night, if the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties re-offending time and time again, they will provide and initiate the process that DWP shut off services within the next 48 hours,” he added.
Under current social distancing requirements, LA County prohibits “individual and family gatherings or parties of any size.” Large events, such as conferences, are also banned.
Earlier Wednesday, LA County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said that “parties and gatherings hurt all of us,” ordering people not to “host large parties” or “attend one if you’re invited.”
According to the LA County Public Health Department, over 197,900 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 4,800 people have died.