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City of New Orleans Announces New Restrictions for Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS — Today the City announced regulations and enforcement procedures for the upcoming Mardi Gras weekend and Mardi Gras day, in addition to enhanced enforcement this weekend.

“We’re doing this in response to the health crisis that we are in. There are consequences of not taking action, the costs are simply too high,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell.”There are three new COVID strains out there which will have an impact on our city. We have to mitigate this virus the best way we can. It requires all of us doing the right thing.”

Beginning next Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 through Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 16, 2021 the following restrictions will be in effect:

  • All bars will be closed indoor and outdoor citywide, including bars operating as restaurants with AR-Conditional permits
  • There will be no package liquor sales in the French Quarter
  • All sales of to-go drinks will be banned
  • Bourbon St., Decatur St. and Frenchmen St. will be closed to pedestrians and vehciles from 7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
    • Restaurants and retail stores can remain open and residents and visitors will have access
  • There will be no loitering on Bourbon St.
  • The Claiborne underpass and corridor will also be fenced off
  • Large gathering are banned and will not be tolerated —  including activities that encourage people to congregate, like street vending or performing

For a full list of guidelines and restrictions that apply under the Modified Phase 2, please click here.

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