NEW ORLEANS, La (WDSU) –New Orleanians will have to adhere to the city’s stay-at-home order for a few more weeks.
A spokesperson for Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s office confirmed the news.
According to the mayor’s office, the city’s stay-at-home order will now officially be lifted at 6 a.m. May 16.
The extension comes after Cantrell held a news conference Tuesday in which she also announced her recommendations against any large festivals rescheduling to the fall because of uncertainty over coronavirus.
Cantrell said while New Orleans might be showing signs of improvement, other communities and states might just be starting to get a handle on their outbreaks. That would pose some issues for the city with it being a tourist destination.
“My opinion is all of that pushed back. Period,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell said the festivals should instead focus on returning next year.
Health officials said the city, where the coronavirus outbreak first took hold in Louisiana, is continuing to show signs of flattening the curve, but that efforts need to continue.
Cantrell and the city’s leaders have been reminding residents to continue adhering to social distancing measures and the stay-at-home order, which recommends people leave their homes as little as possible, for essential activities.
New Orleans currently has 5,769 cases as of the latest update Wednesday.