LA Mayor to Shutoff Utilities of Residents Who Host Illegal House Parties

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, people are continuing to throw huge house parties — with notable ones popping up in Los Angeles, California. And for the city’s mayor, that isn’t going to slide.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to punish those who are holding illegal house parties by the pandemic by authorizing the Department of Water and Power to shut off utilities at the homes of those hosting large gatherings, according to Deadline.

“While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills,” Garcetti said.

“We will not act lightly, but we will act. You’re breaking the law. Just as we can shut down bars breaking alcohol laws, in places that are in criminal violations, we can shut them down … We can actually do the power or water shutoff after a first violation, but we like to educate, not enforce.”

The guidelines and laws have been put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 after cases began to rise.

Properly practicing social distancing and wearing a mask or face-covering has proven to slow the spread of the virus, so Garcetti is doing what he can to make sure cases once again drop and Los Angeles residents can go back to life as normal as quickly as possible.

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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 4.85 million confirmed cases and 159,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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