COVID Restrictions Eased in NOLA, Bourbon St Packed [VIDEO]
As we head into the second month of 2021, it's important to remember that even though there is light at the end of the tunnel, we are still not out of the woods yet. The coronavirus pandemic is still a very real and deadly thing, even though we are growing weary of the restrictions after a whole year. Let's be smart and safe out there, y'all.
Although restrictions were somewhat eased in New Orleans starting on Friday, the French Quarter was packed with people over the weekend. And Mayor LaToya Cantrell is not happy. Video has surfaced (see below) of huge crowds on Bourbon Street on Saturday night, and Cantrell told WVUE "Any mass gathering like the one seen here is a potential super spreader event. This is dangerous. This risks lives. And it risks the progress our city has made in bending the curve and stopping the spread. This is unacceptable. The city will take a hard look at what happened on Bourbon this weekend, and pursue appropriate action wherever possible."
The crowds were partially attributed to the Krewe du Vieux, and activities that would normally kick off Mardi Gras festivities in the city. No parade was allowed, and the krewe had set up displays around the city, but several social media sites were showing huge crowds.
New Orleans entered into a Modified Phase 2 on January 29, which means that certain businesses can now operate at 50% capacity. You can see who is affected by the easing of restrictions in the story from WVUE.
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