Los Angeles mayor threatens to cut utilities to non-essential businesses

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, discusses the meeting concerning the state’s homeless situation he and other mayors of some of California’s largest cities had with Gov. Gavin Newsom at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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UPDATED 2:03 PM PT — Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The mayor of Los Angeles has let non-essential businesses that haven’t closed know what lengths he’s willing to go to in order to stop the pandemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press briefing on Tuesday to update the city on the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. He reiterated the importance of only traveling when necessary and warned youth they aren’t immune to the virus.

The mayor also delivered a strict warning to businesses, like hair salons, gyms and clubs, who have remained open despite being designated as non-essential.

“If we see continued non-compliance, they’ll wind up facing misdemeanor charge, DWP will step in and shut off their water and power. You know who you are, you need to stop it. This is your chance to step up and shut it down, because if you don’t, we will shut you down.” – Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Last week, Garcetti issued an emergency order to shut down all non-essential operations. The region has reported at least 660 cases of the virus and 11 deaths.

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A bulletin on the ticket window to the Vista Theatre informs customers that the movie theater will be temporarily closed, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)