Lights Out: L.A. Mayor Threatens to Cut Off Power and Water at ‘Super-Spreader’ House Parties, New Entertaining Trend Sure to Follow

You’ve got to fight…for your right…to par-tay! At least you do if you live in Los Angeles because Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that he will be cutting off power and water service at house parties around the city.

Before you get up in arms, the mayor has a good reason for being a party pooper. In case you haven’t been paying attention for, oh, the last six months, we’re in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Over 160,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19 and there’s no sign of the virus’ spread slowing down yet. Los Angeles has been especially hard hit, with 197,000 residents testing positive for coronavirus so far.

Big groups of people, whether they’re at homes, businesses, or other venues, are like Petri dishes for the disease. Hence, the mayor’s attempt to curb too much mingling in close quarters.

“We’ve seen the reports of some large parties and gatherings in flagrant violations of health orders,” the mayor said during a press conference last week. “These house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the Hills.”

As crucial as we think it is to curb any event that might harm people on such a mass scale as coronavirus has, we honestly don’t think Mayor Garcetti’s efforts are enough. Never underestimate the creativity of party-goers. How long until candle-lit, empty-pool parties become all the rage? (And let’s not pretend that anyone at a party is drinking water from the goddamn tap.)

In the spirit of saving the human race, how about we party on, party people…but in small, socially-distanced groups with masks on?

Cover Photo: Peter Cade (Getty Images) 

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