PHOTOS: Due to COVID-19, Bourbon Street bars closed their doors at midnight

In a city that barely sleeps, Mayor LaToya Cantrell asked owners to have last call at 11:15 p.m., and that the number of patrons allowed in bars or nightclubs be reduced by 50 percent in an effort to increase social distancing and curb the spread of COVID-19.

by Michael DeMocker
March 16, 2020

Monday morning, police officers began shutting down Bourbon Street after new guidelines asked bars to shut down at midnight.

In a city that barely sleeps, Mayor LaToya Cantrell asked owners to have last call at 11:15 p.m., and that the number of patrons allowed in bars or nightclubs be reduced by 50 percent in an effort to increase social distancing and curb the spread of COVID-19.

Michael DeMocker has been a photojournalist in New Orleans for over twenty years. He’s been the National Press Photographer Association’s Regional Photographer of the Year three times and loves photographing all things New Orleans. He lives Uptown with his wife, son, and two dogs of varying intelligence.

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