New Orleans bars ordered shut for Mardi Gras due to COVID-19

The pandemic has turned Mardi Gras into Mardi Blah. Bars in New Orleans will shut and pedestrian travel will be restricted ahead of the festival, also known as Fat Tuesday, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Friday. The rules are set to take effect in the Big Easy on Feb. 12 and to last through Mardi Gras day, which falls on Feb. 16. The city has seen coronavirus cases fall since a frightening early January peak, but the approach of the annual festival has raised concerns that celebratory gatherings could accelerate virus spread. “We were all hopeful that we could st…

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