Non-essential businesses operating in Los Angeles despite city orders to shut down during the coronavirus pandemic may have their electricity and water turned off, Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Tuesday.
He said the city receives complaints daily about non-essential businesses that are still operating, and outlined steps to bring offenders into compliance.
The steps escalate in severity and include verbal warnings, a business ambassadors program called "Safer at Home," contact from the city attorney's office, misdemeanors charges, and shutting down the business' power or water supply.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva commented on the problem Tuesday.
"Gun shops, strip clubs, nightclubs are nonessential businesses," he said. "We are trying to get them to close their doors. If they don't close their doors, they will be cited."
Some businesses could lose business licenses if they receive a citation for noncompliance with the city order.