Concerns about COVID-19 have led to businesses taking drastic measures that include requiring customers and employees to be screened by invasive “Smart Pass” technology.
Legislators are also taking drastic measures that include requiring residents to wear electronic ankle monitors and now shutting off utilities for those who don’t comply with public health orders.
Los Angeles to shut off water and power to homes hosting large parties or gatherings
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday that he is authorizing the city to shut off utility service to properties where large parties and gatherings are held, CBS Los Angeles reports. Garcetti said that, starting Friday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will cut off water and power service in “egregious” cases where unpermitted large parties and gatherings take place.
The announcement came hours after City Councilman David Ryu introduced a motion to increase penalties for property owners who hold large house parties in violation of public health orders. It wasn’t clear whether Garcetti’s announcement was related to that motion.
In the motion introduced Wednesday, Ryu said property owners who skirt building and safety rules or city laws, such as the Los Angeles party house ordinance, are in violation of COVID-19 public health orders and the city’s party house ordinance, which became law in 2018.
Under the proposal, penalties for large gatherings could include water and power shutoff, permit prohibitions and having a certificate of occupancy held or revoked for any “large, close-contact, largely maskless gatherings, in direct violation of City Emergency Orders and County Health Orders”.
Drastic measures can of course, lead to very unfortunate results. While many powerful people continue to compare the current pandemic to the Spanish Flu of 1918 – a better comparison that’s rarely being discussed seems to be The Swine Flu of 1976. And while these same powerful people insist that the only cure for COVID-19 will be widespread vaccinations – widespread vaccinations could cause illness, disability, and death, too, just like they did in 1976.
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