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New order allows officials to cut off power and water to properties with large gatherings

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A new order in Los Angeles will soon allow authorities to shut off the power and the water to both homes and businesses who host large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the report, starting Friday If the Los Angeles Police Department responds to or confirms that a large gathering is taking place at a property, they will give notice and then contact the city’s Department of Water and Power to shut off service to the property within the next two days.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says they are not worried about the small get togethers but rather the larger “super-spreader events.”

” This enforcement is not focused on small ordinary gatherings in people’s homes. These are focused on people determined to break the rules, posing significant public dangers and a threat to all of us,” Garcetti.

Los Angeles has seen a rise in house parties with over 100 guest due to the pandemic.

The order aims to deter future parties and target repeat offenders.

California currently leads the country in the number of coronavirus cases with 530,000. Over 9,800 people have died from the virus in the area.