In every state across America, Governors and Mayors are locking down states and cities to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
But some officials are going over the line.
And this top Democrat threw down one coronavirus ultimatum that could cause civil unrest.
California Governor Gavin Newsome locked down the state last Thursday and choked off all economic activity.
Some business owners are terrified about whether or not they can survive and were willing to risk opening to keep the state’s economy moving because they are not in one of the vulnerable classes most at risk from the coronavirus.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reacted harshly.
The Mayor threatened to turn off water and power for any business that opened despite being deemed “nonessential” by the government.
Garcetti warned, “The peak is not here yet. It will be bad.”
The mayor went on to announce the “business ambassadors program” — an effort to get nonessential businesses to close.
“This behavior is irresponsible and selfish,” he said of those that remain open.
He said the Department of Water and Power will shut off services for the businesses that don’t comply with the “safer at home” ordinance.
Neighborhood prosecutors will implement safety measures and will contact the businesses before issuing further action, according to Garcetti.
“The easiest way to avoid a visit is to follow the rules,” he said.
To every worker in America, the business that provides them their paycheck is “essential.”
Politicians and health officials who make these calls don’t have to worry about missing a paycheck.
While the coronavirus is serious, the policy of prolonged shutdowns is not sustainable and government must figure out a way to reopen the economy and get people back to work.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.