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French Quarter workers, tourists look forward to life getting back to normal

'There are no people walking down the street drinking, having fun screaming'

NEW ORLEANS — The French Quarter looked completely different than what it would look like on a Saturday afternoon. 

“It’s a peaceful bike ride; I’ll tell you that. It definitely doesn’t look the same," a person riding a bike through the Quarter said. 

From boarded windows and shops with locks on doors,  many people who work in the quarter agree it’s empty, no sign of life. 

“There are no tourists. There are no people walking down the street drinking, having fun screaming,” Andre Francis who was skateboarding. 

Francis works in the French Quarter.

For him, seeing it with few people in the street is shocking. 

“There’s never a time in history, there’s no traffic. Like, you could really come down Canal Street doing a hundred miles an hour that is completely unheard of,”  he said. 

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell ordered at “stay at home” mandate to help flatten the curve with the coronavirus, to slow down the infection so that local hospitals can handle the number of cases as long as possible. 

The order has forced many bars to close and restaurants to sell take out only, to limit the gathering of people. 

That also leads to many, like Francis, who are now out of job. 

Tourists are also seeing an impact. 

Stuart Pierce and his mom Julia were supposed to be spending time in New Orleans for an engagement party, but unfortunately, the Coronavirus altered their plans. 

“We hadn’t re-scheduled a date for the engagement party, so they were still coming down. We’ll go down (to New Orleans), and see what there is to do,“ Pierce said. 

Many are hoping, life will get back to normal. 

“I hope we all can get back to work. I hope we get enough data from all the studies to settle everybody down,” Julia Pierce, a tourist from Michigan said.

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