One year ago: See drone video of iconic New Orleans streets, landmarks abandoned during shutdown

One year ago: See drone video of iconic New Orleans streets, landmarks abandoned during shutdown

One year ago, the City of New Orleans issued an official Stay Home Mandate on March 20, 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Following the shutdown, the once-bustling streets of New Orleans were silenced, and popular areas usually overflowing with people were transformed into ghost towns.

Drone footage from one year ago shows iconic streets and landmarks abandoned after the closing of bars, entertainment venues, dine-in restaurants and other locations was ordered to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Besides a few cars driving down streets and a few stragglers walking, a loud city full of life became strangely quiet and empty. It was a pretty eerie sight, especially for a popular tourism destination like New Orleans.

In the video, Decatur Street and Jackson Square appeared lifeless. Visions of visitors partying inside bars along Bourbon Street disappeared.

The long line of customers usually waiting to eat at Felix’s Restaurant and Galatoire’s was non-existent. An iconic red Canal Streetcar rolled by void of passengers.

One year later, some of the largest steps toward reopening New Orleans’ economy are on the horizon, especially as vaccination efforts ramp up.

Many businesses have increased capacity limits. Live entertainment can return to New Orleans’ bars for the first time since the pandemic began, and even some New Orleans festivals are announcing a return to the schedule.

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