Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened non-essential businesses that remain open during the coronavirus pandemic saying he would cut off their water and power, during a press conference this week.
“We’re still getting reports each day of non-essential businesses continuing to operate as normal,” Garcetti said. “This behavior is irresponsible and selfish.”
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He added, “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.”
The government guidelines mandated by the city’s “Safer at Home” order threaten those who don’t comply with the orders with misdemeanor charges.