As he walked down the street in front of the band, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was handing out Louisiana-branded masks, t-shirts, and hand sanitizer.
NEW ORLEANS – The music returned to Bourbon Street on Friday and the toe tapping was caused by none other than Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.
Together with his employees and a brass band, Lt. Gov. Nungesser welcomes the thousands who have returned to the famous street with eased restrictions since the bars reopened in Phase 3.2.
“I found it important to come here and thank the visitors, both the Louisians and the Towers, for visiting because they can go anywhere,” said Nungesser.
As Nungesser walked down the street in front of the band, he was handing out Louisiana-branded masks, t-shirts, and hand sanitizer.
Part of his visit consisted of personally asking visitors to follow COVID safety guidelines.
“We not only have to make sure that it is safe for our residents, but that people come to Louisiana. We want them to know that we are doing things right and that they can come here and have a good time,” he said.
On Thursday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell promised that signs would be posted along Bourbon Street before the weekend to encourage one-way traffic and the wearing of masks.
But when night fell on Friday and thousands took to the streets, no signs were found. The mayor’s office told WWL-TV that they will get up “as soon as possible”.
A spokesman wrote in a statement: “In the meantime, the mayor and the city will continue to reinforce the safe practice news during the week.”
Friday night doesn’t look so different from last weekend, which frustrated the mayor.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, she said, “What we saw in our city, and especially on the world stage on Bourbon Street, was unacceptable.”
And as elected officials – both state and local – keep their fingers crossed to ensure safe tourism in New Orleans, it will be another busy weekend.