Mayor Cantrell: No new restrictions to come in Orleans Parish

Mayor Cantrell: No new restrictions to come in Orleans Parish
Mayor Cantrell: No new restrictions to come in Orleans Parish (Source: WVUE Fox 8)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Orleans Parish will not face stricter restrictions after falling below the five percent mark in cases.

Bar and restaurant owners can breathe a sigh of relief as doors can stay open following the current restrictions in place. Mayor Cantrell thanked the people of New Orleans for staying vigilant and following safety measures. But she says while the number is lower than last week, we’re still not out of the woods.

She says the city cannot let its guard down and over the holidays people must continue to do what we know works. Wear face masks, social distance, wash hands, limit gatherings to just a few people.

The mayor says where the city goes is based on how people act during the next couple of weeks.

Dr. Jennifer Avegno also says the pandemic is still a fragile situation meaning cases are still surging in other areas of the state and across the country. So we must continue to follow those phase 2 restrictions.

As we near Christmas and New Year Eve, I asked how the city plans to control crowds in the French Quarter and other popular spots. Mayor Cantrell says it’s hard to do, but it comes down to effective communication.

Cantrell also added this very topic was something front and center of her meeting today with hospitality leaders. She’s asking those in that industry to double down this holiday season by making sure guests and visitors are following the city’s guidelines when it comes to COVID safety. And to help minimize large gatherings and crowd size should they arise.

So while no new restrictions are in place for now. The mayor and Dr. Avegno still encourage people to continue to follow safety guidelines and make it a safe holiday season.

Under state guidelines, parishes must end indoor bar service if positivity rates are above five percent for two weeks in a row.

Director of Communications for the City of New Orleans, Beau Tidwell, says the city is in the middle of a dangerous third surge and fears it could get worse through the holiday season.

The positivity percentage is down to 4.7 percent for the week of December 3 through December 9. That’s down from 5.2 percent the previous week.

The rest of the parishes in the metro area saw a drop but they still have a positivity rate well above five percent.

  • Jefferson Parish – 10.5%
  • Tangipahoa Parish – 10.9%
  • St. Tammany Parish – 9.1%

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