NOPD Shuts Down Large Gatherings As Coronavirus Cases Rise

Cellphone video showed a large crowd gathering outside 808 Baronne Street in New Orleans on Friday night around ten. Michael Duplantier lives two doors down. “I came down after hearing the loud music, down the street,” Duplantier said.  “I decided to see what was going on. That’s when I first observed it wasn’t just a matter of music, there were lots of people here waiting to go in this place.” Duplantier said the building is listed as a short-term rental. “I asked the doorman what was going on and he told me that there was a private party underway,” Duplantier said. Saturday, New Orleans Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avengo said some groups are using short-term rentals to have private parties that may violate gathering size, masking or other Coronavirus restrictions clearly spelled out by state and city proclamations.

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