Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened “non-essential” businesses, warning them that he will cut off their water and electricity if they fail to heed the city’s stay-at-home order.
“This behavior is irresponsible and selfish,” the mayor said of businesses that remain open. He went on to announce the “business ambassadors program,” an effort to get owners of non-essential businesses to close up shop.
Upon having their water and power terminated, businesses found in violation of the order will be contacted by neighborhood prosecutors.
“The easiest way to avoid a visit is to follow the rules,” Garcetti stated.
The briefing came a day after Garcetti announced an order prohibiting evictions and the removal of rental units from the market.
During that briefing, Garcetti called on employees of non-essential businesses that have not yet shut down to report their employers to city officials.
“Shut it down or we will shut you down,” he said.
The mayor also rebuked those who have ignored “social distancing” recommendations. “For those who still haven’t heeded the call to stay home, who are not physically distancing, who crowded beaches and canyons, we know who you are and this is serious. Stay home and save lives.”
As of Tuesday, Los Angeles County had 669 confirmed coronavirus cases and 11 deaths, while the state has reported 2,566 cases with 51 deaths.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide lockdown last week. Residents are only to leave their homes for groceries and essential services, while social events and public gatherings are prohibited. Every business deemed “non-essential” is to close its doors.
“Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance,” the state’s website reads.
The police department of Chula Vista, California, is planning to use drones to break up crowds and perform other coronavirus-related functions amid the public health panic.
The department recently purchased two $11,000 drones that will be equipped with speakers and night-vision cameras.
“We have not traditionally mounted speakers to our drones, but ... if we need to cover a large area to get an announcement out, or if there were a crowd somewhere that we needed to disperse — we could do it without getting police officers involved,” said Captain Vern Sallee.
“The outbreak has changed my view of expanding the program as rapidly as I can,” he added.
In a statement, police tried to quell fears that the technology would be used to destroy citizens’ rights.
“Police drones will not be used for random patrol, to follow or surveil residents going about their daily routines, or other invasive tactics which would hinder the freedoms we all enjoy in our community,” the statement assured.
Despite President Trump’s support of containment measures such as social distancing and his backing of the $6 trillion coronavirus stimulus package working its way through Congress, he has in recent days signaled that he wants the country to return to some form of normalcy sooner rather than later.
In an interview, the president suggested Easter as a possible date to end lockdowns around the country, saying, “I would love to aim it right at Easter Sunday so we’re open for church services on Easter Sunday.… That would be a beautiful thing.… You’ll have packed churches all over the country. I think that this will be a beautiful time.”
Garcetti, however, didn’t think Los Angeles would be open for business “in that short time.”
“We won’t extend it one day longer than we need to,” the Democrat posited, but emphasized that the “safer at home” measure had to be followed through.
Similarly, Newsom called President Trump’s Easter remark “misleading.”
“We’re trying to bend the curve, but we haven’t bent it. The question is: early April, I think that would be misleading to represent, at least for California,” he said.
In places where states haven’t issued stay-at-home orders, some counties are taking it upon themselves to do so. The mayor of Orange County, Florida, announced Tuesday that he would sign an order to go into effect Thursday at 11pm.
County residents may only go out to buy groceries, medicine, and essential supplies. Non-essential businesses must cease their activities.
Sheriff John Mina warned that people who violate the order could receive $50 citations or up to 50 days in jail.
The county’s health officer, Dr. Raul Pino, said people must stay at home because people transmit the virus to other people.
“The safe assumption is that everyone else has it,” Pino said. “Even if you have a negative test today doesn’t mean you can’t have it tomorrow.”
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