quote:Los Angeles can cut off power and water at properties hosting parties during the pandemic
(CNN)Authorities in Los Angeles can soon request a shutoff of water and power from homes and businesses that host egregiously large gatherings.
The order targets repeat offenders who have hosted large gatherings several times during the pandemic, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.
It's meant to deter them from hosting parties or events in the future, during a period of the pandemic when California continues to lead the country in coronavirus cases.
Over 530,000 people in California have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and over 9,800 of them have died, according to CNN's US coronavirus case tracker. Nearly 40% of those cases have been reported in and around Los Angeles County, the county's public health department reported.
Starting this Friday, if the Los Angeles Police Department responds and confirms that a large gathering is taking place at a property, they'll give notice and request that the city's Department of Water and Power shuts off service to that property within the next two days.
"This enforcement is not focused on small and ordinary gatherings in people's homes. These are focused on the people determined to break the rules, posing significant public dangers and a threat to all of us," Garcetti said during a Covid-19 news conference.
Garcetti called the parties "super-spreader events," attended by "super-spreader people."