The city of Los Angeles cut the power to a Hollywood Hills mansion rented by TikTok stars Bryce Hall, Noah Beck and Blake Gray on Wednesday in response to parties at the residence amid the coronavirus crisis.
Mr. Hall was holding a party for his 21st birthday on Friday, August 14th. Footage of the event posted on Instagram shows dozens of attendees gathered in a room. The event was suspended by the Los Angeles Police Department after neighbors filed noise complaints.
That party took place in a rental home in Encino, not Hollywood Hills, where the power was cut on Wednesday, although Mr. Hall was hosting parties there too. (Mr. Hall declined to comment on this article.)
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Mayor's office confirmed that the city had cut power to Mr. Hall's residence. Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement that the city had been empowered to shut down utilities like water and gas.
"Despite several warnings, this house has been turned into a nightclub in the hills that hosts large gatherings that are blatantly against our public health rules," Garcetti said in the statement. "The city has now shut down supplies in this house to stop these parties who are endangering our community."
On August 4, the Los Angeles County Department of Health warned of major parties during the virus outbreak. "The highest risk settings are large face-to-face gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to keep a distance of at least two meters and where face coverings are not worn," the statement said. "The consequences of these large groups are tightening across our community as the virus can spread quickly and easily."
The next day, Mr Garcetti announced that the city would shut down utilities at any address where large gatherings are held.
At his previous home, the Sway House in the Bel Air division of Los Angeles, Mr. Hall and his roommates received noise complaints from neighbors after hosting several events at the beginning of the pandemic.
That was before the region had an increase in coronavirus cases, leading to rising deaths and hospitalizations. Last month, California outperformed New York in known cases. Still, several Generation Z influencers have been criticized for disregarding warnings from public health officials in favor of a party.
In July, Hype House, another influencer mansion in the Hollywood Hills, hosted a party with around 70 attendees and hundreds more attendees waiting to get in. YouTuber Jake Paul threw a big, crowded party at his Calabasas home in July. Other TikTok influencer houses, including the Clubhouse and Not a Content House, have hosted events this month.
YouTuber Tyler Oakley was an outspoken critic of the parties. On August 15, he tagged Mr. Hall in a tweet.
"Hello @BryceHall @jadenhossler @BlakeGray @JoshRichards & others who have partied with large groups – please consider social distancing, wearing masks and using your giant platforms to promote accountability during a global pandemic," he wrote and linked to a thread of videos from Mr. Hall's 21st birthday party. Mr. Oakley described the footage as "gross".