LOS ANGELES, CA— Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) has had enough of non-essential businesses not complying with the City’s ‘safer at home’ ordinance. It was created to reinforce social distancing policies that were put in place to help combat the coronavirus, which has been sweeping through the United States. The new policies recently went into effect.
LA Times reported:
“The city of Los Angeles, with a population of 4 million:
- Orders Los Angeles residents to remain in their homes, with exceptions;
- Requires all Los Angeles businesses that require in-person attendance to cease operations, with exceptions; and
- Bans all gatherings outside a home, with exceptions.”
The LA Times Also reported:
“Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered all persons living in the city to remain in their homes, with certain exceptions, such as:
- To visit a healthcare or veterinary professional
- To exercise, but remain 6 feet away from others, such as walking, hiking, running, cycling, using scooters, roller skates, skateboards, or travel in a vehicle with household members to go to a place to walk, hike, run or ride a bike.
- Obtain medical supplies
- Buy groceries
- To care for a family member, a friend, or a pet in another household
- Returning to a home outside Los Angeles
- Traveling to a home outside Los Angeles
- Comply with a court or law enforcement order
- Legally mandated government purposes
- All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel, and others working for emergency services providers are exempt.
- To do certain business operations and activities that are exempted, and listed below.
“While doing these things, people should keep 6 feet from others, frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, clean high-touch surfaces and not shake hands. Homeless people are exempt. People are allowed on Friday to go to work to gather belongings.”
During his daily briefing on Tuesday, Garcetti said he is going to take action by turning their water and power off if they don’t comply. He also said, “This behavior is irresponsible and selfish.” Garcetti urged people to take the pandemic ‘seriously’ and took to Twitter saying,
“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.”
Several people responded, like Cody Mayo who tweeted,
“So stay at home. Get laid off. But still pay your astronomical rent or don’t. you won’t get evicted, but you will have to pay it back. Hmm. And how do we pay it back? LA exists because of the working class and we deal with the cost cuz we love LA. Time for LA to love us back.”
Clean Feet, Fiery Loins tweeted,
“Rent is due in one week and thousands simply do not have it. We need a rent freeze. You keep tweeting for people to stay at home but how do we stay in homes we can’t afford to pay for?”
Sharkey Shyster tweeted,
“In a city where people are encouraged to break the rules, entering the country illegally, releasing prisoners early, you’re upset that people aren’t following the rules?”