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US: Los Angeles police can shut off water and power to homes hosting parties, mayor says

The Los Angeles mayor has announced a crackdown on house parties, authorizing the city to shut off water and power to homes that host events following reports of hundreds of people gathering in violation of Covid regulations.

“These large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills,” Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday, arguing the events can become “superspreaders” of coronavirus as bars and nightlife in the city remain shut.

Starting on Friday night, the mayor announced, police are authorized to request that the city’s department of water and power disconnect service to houses and businesses within 48 hours, he said.

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