(PatriotHeadline.com)- If you live in Los Angeles and you host a private gathering in your home, you risk having city officials shut off your water supply. Eric Garcetti, the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles, warned on Wednesday that any business or private home that hosts gatherings will also have their power cut off by city officials, leaving people living in the dark without access to essential resources to live.
How is that even legal?
“The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties,” Garcetti told a press conference. “They ripple throughout our entire community because the virus can quickly and easily spread.”
That may be true, and it may not necessarily be a wise idea for people to be hosting large parties in confined spaces, but how are people meant to live if the city cuts off their power and water supply?
Garcetti claimed that many “large house parties” are taking place that have become “night clubs in the hills” and that in egregious cases, power and water will be cut off.
He isn’t lying about the big events taking place. The question is whether the response is appropriate. Recently a house party in Beverly Hills attracted more than 200 guests and didn’t just risk spreading the virus between attendees but also turned violent when uninvited people turned up. It resulted in one woman being shot dead, and two others being seriously injured.
Garcetti referenced the party during the press conference, explaining that these large-scale events are allowing the virus to spread much more quickly than it would otherwise.
Mayor Garcetti told journalists that the new rule will begin on Friday evening, and that repeat offenders would be the primary target when it comes to cutting off water supply and electricity.
“If the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties reoffending time and time again, they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that the Department of Water and Power shut off service within the next 48 hours.”
Garcetti did say, however, that small gatherings in family homes will not be targeted. So if you’re having dinner with your mom, you’ll be fine!