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Mardi Gras in Jeopardy

Another annual staple in jeopardy because of the Pandemic. New Orleans Police are pleading with people to avoid large gatherings for Mardi Gras. Authorities already have plans to shut down parts of the French Quarter, including bars.

The bars on Bourbon Street are locked up. The Street virtually empty and the scene, a lot different than past Mardi Gras weekends. Andrea Lowery is a French Quarter Tour Guide. Her Haunted History business is bare, as the French Quarter looks like a ghost town. But she supports the City decision to shutdown, saying: “We got to keep each other safe for right now, so we can celebrate Mardi Gras for years to come.”

Due to COVID-19, from 7pm through 3am each day until Fat Tuesday, Bourbon Street, Frenchman and Decatur will be closed. On Mardi Gras day, Bourbon will be shut down from 7 am until 3 am on Ash Wednesday. Also, the area near Claiborne Avenue underpass near I-10 has been closed off, and fenced in. One Bourbon Street Business Owner tells us he’s never seen it this slow, saying: “No business, no business at all.”

A group of tourists from Florida say the restrictions ruined their trip, adding: “I think it’s terrible and the worst part is they didn’t announce that decide this until everyone had already booked rooms.”

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