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Cantrell: Wear A Mask Or Pay $500

Tulane students attend class in Avron B. Fogelman Arena in the Devlin Fieldhouse.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned residents Thursday that failing to follow the city’s rules could land them a $500 fine from the police department.

She added that she would make an exception if someone couldn’t afford to pay, allowing them to work it off by “cleaning up the city” instead.

The warning comes ahead of what’s expected to be a busy weekend in the city. The Saints play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at the Superdome. Three thousand people are allowed to attend.

During a press conference, Cantrell and other public officials warned residents to follow Phase 3.2 rules, which allow for bars to operate outdoor spaces and allow increased capacity for events and churches.

“There’s still many cities across the country that don’t have their children back in school, we do!” Cantrell added, “We have businesses opening up, and we want to keep them open.”

Officials are erecting signs on Bourbon Street and trying to direct traffic flow.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is allowing 50 percent capacity for big events in some cities, but New Orleans will stick to the 25 percent capacity, for now.

Tegan has reported on the coast for WWNO since 2015. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone, with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change. Her reporting has been aired nationally on Planet Money, Reveal, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, BBC, CBC and other outlets. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Connected Coastlines grant, CUNY Resilience Fellowship, Metcalf Fellowship, and countless national and regional awards.

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