New Orleans closes bars for Mardi Gras

Feb 10, 2021 Impacting Travel

New Orleans closes bars for Mardi Gras

Typically this time of year in New Orleans means Bacchus, booze, beads, and just a general bacchanalia, as tourists flock to The Big Easy for Mardi Gras.

Not this year.

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Not after what happened in 2020.

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New Orleans authorities have ordered the temporary closure of all bars in the city and will restrict access to the famous French Quarter from Friday, February 12, until Fat Tuesday, February 16.

The possibility of taking alcoholic beverages to go and drink them in the streets of the city is suspended, a long tradition in NOLA. There will be no liquor sales in the Quarter liquor stores, all parades are canceled, and police will monitor popular areas like Bourbon St. to help contain the crowds.

“For those who are upset by these restrictions, please know that when it comes to the health of our people, I would rather be accused of doing too much than not doing enough,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell, according to Forbes.

While the measures may seem a bit draconian, Cantrell hopes to avoid what happened last year at Mardi Gras. In late February 2020, just before COVID-19 became a full-blown pandemic, some 1.4 million tourists arrived in New Orleans for the holidays. It ended up becoming a wide-spread event, making New Orleans and the state of Louisiana one of the nation’s first hot spots for the coronavirus.

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