Tourism marketing board CEO Stephen Perry blames locals for Cantrell’s new COVID-19 restrictions

Tourism marketing board CEO Stephen Perry blames locals for Cantrell’s new COVID-19 restrictions
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New Orleans’ tax-funded tourism marketing organization is shifting blame for repeated violations of COVID-19 safety rules on Bourbon Street and in other areas that cater to tourists by accusing locals of being the problem.

In an email addressing members and colleagues, New Orleans & Company CEO Stephen Perry wrote that residents were behind the recent scenes of “egregious unsafe behavior” that prompted Mayor LaToya Cantrell to impose controversial new rules that will go into effect for the final few days of the Carnival season.

On Feb. 5, Cantrell announced bars across the city would be closed Feb. 12-16, in addition to some streets that typically…



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