Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened “non-essential” businesses Tuesday that if they do not obey the city’s “stay at home” order to close during the pandemic crises, he will cut off their water and their electricity.
The mayor's comments came during his daily briefing:
The mayor went on to announce the “business ambassadors program” — an effort to get nonessential businesses to close.
“This behavior is irresponsible and selfish,” he said of those that remain open.
He said the Department of Water and Power will shut off services for the businesses that don’t comply with the “safer at home” ordinance.
Neighborhood prosecutors will implement safety measures and will contact the businesses before issuing further action, according to Garcetti.
“The easiest way to avoid a visit is to follow the rules,” he said.
This weekend we saw too many people packing beaches, trails and parks. So we are closing sports and recreation at @LACityParks and closing parking at city beaches. That doesn’t mean gather elsewhere. This is serious. Stay home and save lives.— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 23, 2020
"It can kill healthy people with no underlying conditions... anybody who thinks that they're going to be spared, this virus can literally kill anyone,” says LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. A resident in LA County is believed to be the first juvenile to have died from the coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/pIr58JNRzV— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 24, 2020