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.
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— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 25, 2020
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
I know we're all anxious to return to our routines –– to see the people we love and visit the places that make this city home. But please take this health pandemic seriously –– stay home and practice physical distancing. Every single choice you make could save a life or risk one.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 24, 2020
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.