Los Angeles’ mayor has had enough of the nightclub-like parties that have sprung up in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, and is authorising the city to shut off water and power to homes that host large gatherings.
The BBC reports Mayor Eric Garcetti saying that house parties have become a “significant public danger” in the US city, and that the new rules will be in place by Saturday (NZ time).
Although mostly a precaution to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, the action takes place after a shooting at a large party resulted in one woman’s death and two others being injured.
CBS Los Angeles reports the party had over 200 people attending and police believe the violence was likely gang-related.
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Last month, Hype House, the palatial home of a group of TikTok influencers, was criticised by social media users for throwing a party during the pandemic.
Members of the collective and other influencers have apologised for attending.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has had 4,864,151 cases and 159,600 deaths connected to the coronavirus epidemic. California has had 9,874 deaths.
The Los Angeles Times reports that City Councilman David Ryu has also introduced a motion that would allow for cutting off of power and water access, as well as for certificates of occupancy to be made invalid.
CBS News quotes Ryu as saying, “Despite a pandemic that has killed thousands in Los Angeles, some homeowners are choosing to put everyone at risk by renting out their homes to massive house parties.”
“This is irresponsible bordering on deadly, and it must be stopped.”