Los Angeles Can Cut Off Power and Water at Properties Hosting Parties During the Pandemic

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti authorizes the city to shut off LADWP service in egregious cases in which houses, businesses and venues are hosting unpermitted, large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have been clear from the beginning that getting together in groups outside of your household that is not permitted, is not allowed and we have asked Angelenos not to gather and not have parties," Garcetti said.

Garcetti said "as the County Department of Health has said yesterday 'the highest risk settings are large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least six feet apart and where face coverings aren't worn.'" 

He said "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 notice and initiate the process to request that DWP shut off service within the next 48 hours."

"While we have already closed all night clubs and bars, these large house parties have essentially become night clubs in the Hills," he said adding the parties are "unsafe."

Monday night officers were called to a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, above Beverly Hills after reports of disturbing the peace. By Tuesday morning, there was a shooting at the gathering, leaving two people wounded and one dead. The shooting is now being investigated as a homicide.

KNX is reporting that the house was rented for someone for $10,000 for an unidentified NFL player, with some 200 people in attendance.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, three people were shot during the massive party in the 13200 block of Mulholland Drive at around 1:00 a.m.

At least three victims are in critical condition, and one woman has reportedly died.

Bars are already shut down after Gov. Newsom ordered the closure of bars in LA County and other counties in late June.

Garcetti gave the example of the recent gathering in the Hollywood Hills this week.

WHAT'S CLOSED AGAIN IN CALIFORNIA?

Previously, Newsom has ordered the closure of fitness centers, houses of worship, hair salons and barbershops indoors, nail salons in those counties on the state monitoring list, which includes LA County, and other counties across the state.

Newsom has also reminded what's closed statewide - indoor operations at dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, bars including outdoors - and what was closed in certain counties on the state monitoring list like gyms, shopping malls and places of worship.

Meanwhile, LA County, Orange County and Riverside counties decided to close their bars in early July and late June.

The city of LA also ordered the closures of their gyms, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops indoors, and houses of worship.

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