Councilman David Ryu earlier on Wednesday filed a motion asking for similar punishments for people who host large gatherings and parties.
With bars closed in town, "these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills" and they can become "superspreaders" of COVID-19, Garcetti said. Asked about the legality of the move by a local reporter, the mayor insisted it is "rooted in strong law", saying he had consulted with city attorneys.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said that he has authorised the city to cut water and power in "egregious cases" of houses, businesses and other venues hosting large gatherings, effective from Friday (Aug 7) night.
He added: "We know we can do this".
The motion included water and power shutoffs on its list of suggested penalties.
"These parties and gatherings hurt all of us", said L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer.
If you were planning on hosting a house party sometime soon, it might be a good idea to cancel it now; if not for the volume of data proving large gatherings increase the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission, do it to avoid getting fined or worse.
Although residents have been frustrated by the restrictions of stay-at-home orders, LA County Public Health reminds the community that the goal is to slow the spread of the virus and buy enough time before a vaccine is made widely available.
Though she declined to single out any specific incident, LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer said on Wednesday that the recent parties were a "bad idea", arguing such gatherings "create a lot of risk for transmission" of Covid-19 while observing that infection rates among younger residents had almost quadrupled between June and July. California outperformed NY for the most contaminations among any state during that uptick, with in excess of 528,000 affirmed cases as of Wednesday night.
She warned that once the backlog clears, the county will likely see a sharp rise in the overall number of cases. As of Wednesday, it had a seven-day moving average of 6,698 new daily cases, although that has been declining since reaching a peak of 10,261 on July 25.
As residents look to the future, "and we continue to plan our recovery, we must learn from our recent past and we have to continue our vigilance in the face of this still new and unsafe virus", Ferrer said. People aged 30-49 now represent 25% of all hospitalized virus patients.