LA Mayor Will Cut Power, Water To Businesses That Disobey Him

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

Councilman David Ryu earlier on Wednesday filed a motion asking for similar punishments for people who host large gatherings and parties.

"While we have already closed all nightclubs and bars, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the Hills", Garcetti, a Democrat, said at a press conference.

When asked by a local news outlet about the legality of these orders, Garcetti claimed that he discussed it with lawyers and that it is "rooted in strong law".

He added: "We know we can do this".

He called recent gatherings of mostly young people in the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas "flagrant violations of health orders".

Police officials told NBC Los Angeles that officers helped with traffic and parking control but did not enforce the county's health order prohibiting large gatherings during the pandemic.

"By turning off that power, shutting off that water, we feel we can close these places down, which usually are not one-time offenders but multiple-offenders", he explained.

"We urge every resident in Los Angeles County to follow the health officer order and avoid organizing and attending gatherings that include people outside their own household", the health department said.

Starting Friday night, he said, houses, businesses and other venues hosting "un-permitted large gatherings" will face tougher consequences.

The county order is to "protect the health and lives of county residents", the health department said.

A house party in Los Angeles on August 3, 2020.

Violation of the order is considered a crime that could be punishable by fines or imprisonment, according to another statement released to news outlets on Tuesday afternoon. "You can't have parties right now".

L.A. County reported on Wednesday 68 new COVID-related deaths.

However, she said that the backlog doesn't affect the number of recorded hospitalizations and deaths from the virus, both of which have been on the decline over the past couple of weeks. Barbara Ferrer said infection rates among residents aged 30 to 49 almost tripled between June and late July, and rates among those 18-29 quadrupled. And we, as a community, returned to a place where COVID-19 was spreading at even higher rates than it had been in the early days of the pandemic.

The decision at a special meeting Tuesday of the Board of Supervisors gave County Counsel Leroy Smith discretion to seek court enforcement of health mandates, the Ventura County Star reported. People aged 30-49 now represent 25% of all hospitalized virus patients.

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