Los Angeles district officials take action against house parties after a woman was fatally shot at a large gathering in a mansion on Tuesday.
The Department of Health said in a statement that it "has issued a legally binding health care official order" to ban assemblies, including parties, during the coronavirus pandemic.
The order is "Protect the health and life of the district's residents," the department said. Breaches of the regulation or failure to comply can result in a fine, prison sentence, or both.
"We urge every Los Angeles County resident to follow the health care provider's instructions and avoid organizing and attending gatherings that involve people outside of their own home," said the health department.
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"The highest-risk settings are large, personal gatherings where individuals are difficult to maintain a distance of at least 3 meters and where no face coverings are worn. The consequences of these large groups contract across our community because the virus can spread quickly and quickly and spread easily, "the department continued.
The announcement follows a fatal shootout at a mansion party on Tuesday at 1 a.m. on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. A 35-year-old woman was killed in the shooting and two men and two women were wounded and are said to survive, the police said.
No arrests had been made until Wednesday afternoon.
LAPD Lt. Chris Ramirez said Tuesday that the shootout "is being treated as gang-related based on some evidence they found."
Social gatherings are prohibited under the California order to stay at home. In front of the shootout in the Beverly Crest neighborhood, police had received calls for a party that took place near the shootout at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
Police officers told NBC Los Angeles that officials had helped with traffic and parking controls, but had not enforced the county health regulations, which prohibited large gatherings during the pandemic. An NBC helicopter from Los Angeles has recorded a video of a long line of cars heading to the driveway and a party bus that drops off party goers.
Law enforcement agencies in California, including the LAPD, have generally opted for "education" rather than against people who do not maintain social distance or refuse to wear masks in public.
Lt. Ramirez confirmed that officials were called home to report a public disturbance.
"It was a private party, it was inside. How can you enforce the fact that it is a private party? And if the city attorney wants, we can file additional complaints at any time," he said.