To keep large crowds off the streets and the spread of COVID-19 down, City officials today (Friday, Feb. 5), announced enforcement procedures for the upcoming Mardi Gras weekend and Mardi Gras day, in addition to enhanced enforcement this weekend. 

Leaders are also urging all residents and visitors to continue to follow other mitigation steps, issuing a stern warning to potential tourists to stay at home if they have a problem with mask wearing and social distancing.

“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 to do 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 both 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 vehicles 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 gatherings are banned and will not be tolerated — including activities that encourage people to congregate, like street vending and performing

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

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