L.A. Mayor Okays Shutting Off Utilities At Homes Hosting Large Parties
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L.A. Mayor Okays Shutting Off Utilities At Homes Hosting Large Parties

California , Los Angeles , United States , news
Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite Aug 7, 2020

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is cracking down on hosts who are having large house parties in the city.

Garcetti has authorized the city’s Department of Water and Power to shut down utilities at homes that are having large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

The mayor’s decision follows the news of a fatal shooting at a house party that was attended by more than 200 people, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“Starting Friday night if the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at the property and if we see these properties reoffending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request the DWP shut off services within the next 48 hours,” Garcetti announced.

The mayor said during a briefing that large house parties “have essentially become nightclubs in the hills” adding that these large parties are unsafe and can cost residents their lives.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the number of people aged 30 to 49 to test positive for COVID-19 has almost tripled between June and late July. The number for those aged 18 to 29 has quadrupled.

“These two age groups continue to drive new infections here in the county,” she said.

As of Aug. 5, California has announced more than 2,300 new cases, taking the state total to 197,912 to date. Another 68 people died from the virus, taking California’s coronavirus death toll to 4,825 to date.