As Los Angeles awaits the wave that will surely come its way, the mayor of the city is about to take extreme measures to enforce a shutdown.
On Tuesday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the city would be shutting off both water and power to any business deemed as non-essential that is refusing to close.
While we have states like New York and Washington that are reeling right now, we also have states that have been barely impacted by the coronavirus.
As we approach the 15-day mark of the shutdown, President Trump expressed hope that by Easter, some parts of the country might be able to reopen and conduct business with some restrictions.
Los Angeles is one of those cities that has not seen a major impact… yet.
While the city only recently confirmed its first death from the coronavirus, the mayor knows a major wave is coming his way.
He not only believes LA will not be able to re-open anytime soon, but he is also taking drastic measures to ensure business owners who are not following the shutdown rules are penalized for it.
The mayor believes that LA is anywhere from six to 12 days behind New York.
He stated, “The peak is not here yet. It will be bad.”
Mayor Garcetti added, “We need to be prepared for some of the darkness that is ahead.
“Each one of us can be a light. We can light a match of hope.
“We can navigate that tunnel with each other and not alone. And more importantly, what we do can ensure that more people exit that tunnel together… and that our city will rise again.”
As far as the businesses that are considered non-essential that are refusing to close, he stated, “This behavior is irresponsible and selfish.”
He has also announced that he has ordered the Department of Water and Power to shut off services to any business that falls into the non-essential category.
Currently, there are 62,505 reported cases and 880 deaths (1.4 percent).
New York is by far the most impacted, with more than 30,000 confirmed cases and a total of 285 deaths.
California to this point has only had 2,662 cases, but that undoubtedly increase significantly once more testing has been done.