Hours before the Beverly Crest shooting, aerial video from Sky5 showed a mansion on Mulholland Drive packed with people.

 

In a statement Wednesday, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said violating the health officer order prohibiting parties and other gatherings is “a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.”

In the county’s COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Health Director Barbara Ferrer said “private parties are not allowed in bars. They’re not allowed in houses… We’re very clear on that.”

Officials respond to more than 2,000 violation complaints every week, Ferrer noted. She said enforcement of health orders is not enough to stop everyone from defying them. As far as parties are concerned, she said the responsibility ultimately lies on the host of the party.

 

As of Wednesday, the county has reported 4,825 people who have died of the coronavirus — 68 more from the day before.

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