Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that he will begin authorizing shutting off water and power services at the properties of repeat offenders who hold large parties.
Garcetti made the announcement amid reports of large parties thrown by promoters who ignore the city's coronavirus safety guidelines.
"The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties," Garcetti said during an online video briefing on Wednesday.
His announcement came as demonstrators continue to protest outside Garcetti's Tudor style mansion in Windsor Square.
Garcetti blamed "super spreader" parties for the small spike in positive coronavirus cases in L.A. County.
He said he has ordered the power and lights shut off at residences for "egregious cases". Garcetti said if police are called to residences or businesses with large gatherings more than once, the city will notify the parties responsible and shut off Department of Water and Power service within 48 hours, according to the Daily News.
"While we have already closed all nightclubs and bars, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills," he said. "Many times the homes are vacant or used for short term rentals."
Some residents have grown wary of the mayor's overreaching restrictions on their daily lives. They say the mayor is drunk with power and they prefer to be treated like adults capable of making health decisions on their own.
Rapper Desiigner took to social media to say the Covid-19 pandemic is fake: "Yo, no funny. Corona is fake, gone, bro [sic]. No funny s**t. Enjoy life. No cap [no lie]. We ain't even on that type of vibe. Corona s**t, man. Honestly, that corona s**t is BS. You feel me?"
Desiigner added that he's convinced the pandemic is just a hoax because he has yet to fall ill with the virus himself, despite not wearing a face mask.
"I ain't get sick yet. I been outside, healthy," he said.