WATCH: L.A. Mayor Explains His Decision To Cut Off Water And Power To Certain Houses (VIDEO)
Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti explains why he wants the Department of Water and Power to turn off utility services for properties which are in violation of public safety orders.
Mayor Garcetti states, “Ever since March 15th, when Los Angeles was the first city to shut down businesses where people gather, we’ve made it our mission to limit the spread of this disease and to limit the risks of lives and to our economy. We’ve been clear from the beginning that getting together in groups outside of your household that is not permitted is not allowed. We’ve asked Angelenos not to gather or to have parties. I know this has been a tough ask because we’re Angelenos. We like to be with each other. We like to be around people. We want to see our friends and families and I know how tough these months have been for all of us.”
The mayor continued, “Everything that we are doing, though, everything that we individually and collectively are sacrificing depends on each one of us doing our part to reduce infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. And these sacrifices help us manage access to the economy and a paycheck, keep more businesses doors open. But all the sacrifices can be undone by those who refuse to follow the science and who refuse to follow the rules and put our economy and our community at risk.”
Mayor Garcetti brings up recent events, “we’ve seen the reports of some large parties and gatherings in flagrant violations of health orders. As our County Department of Public Health said yesterday, and I quote, 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 are not worn. The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties. They ripple throughout our entire community because the virus can quickly and easily spread.”
The mayor wanted to make clear, “while we hope that you will avoid gatherings of all sizes, 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. ”
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