New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held maskless ball right after reimposing mask mandate

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Exclusive: New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell was pictured partying maskless all through an indoor Mardi Gras occasion Friday evening, in spite of reinstating the city’s COVID-19 mask mandate for colleges and indoor public areas just weeks back.

One particular hundred limited videos taken at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Corridor had been posted on the net in advance of they were being deleted pursuing WHD News’ inquiries Monday. The films, taken by a 360-diploma picture booth, showed Cantrell singing karaoke maskless with two other gals, who ended up also devoid of masks.


Not a one particular person wore a protective facemask in the video clips, which ended up taken down fewer than an hour soon after WHD News requested comment from Cantrell.

The event will come just after Cantrell reinstated the city’s indoor mask mandate for all indoor general public options, which include educational facilities, which is continue to in effect through Mardi Gras Working day on March 1.

In a assertion to WHD News, Cantrell spokesman Beau Tidwell admitted that there was not a “best adoption of the recommendations in just about every occasion” over the weekend.

“The mask recommendations and the vaccination necessity will continue being in effect via Mardi Gras,” he said. “That has not improved and it will not adjust. Beneath the present-day guidelines, masks may perhaps be taken out indoors whilst consuming and consuming. Even though we did not see great adoption of the recommendations in each occasion more than the weekend, we had been inspired in general by the amount of masking and vigilance we observed on the parade route and at ball activities.”

The Louisiana Supreme Court docket final 7 days denied requests for a non permanent restraining buy and an expedited listening to on a lawsuit difficult Cantrell’s mask mandate and the vaccine mandate, which demands men and women older than 5 to show evidence of vaccination in order to enter most organizations.

Far more than 100 plaintiffs have sued the mayor, the New Orleans Wellbeing Department, and that agency’s chief Dr. Jennifer Avegno, stating the mandates are violating their constitutional rights.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell sings karaoke at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell sings karaoke at the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball at Gallier Hall on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.
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“We are happy to see the folks of New Orleans eventually capable to return to normal and take pleasure in the Mardi Gras year,” Laura Cannizzaro Rodrigue, a partner at the New Orleans-based mostly agency Rodrigue & Arcuri, said in a statement to WHD News. “That is particularly what we have been advocating for. We are furious to see our so-named city leaders violating their individual mask mandate all by means of the carnival time while demanding that standard citizens and children stay masked.  The hypocrisy and privilege will no more time be tolerated.  The silence from our condition legislature is deafening.  We see you, and we are coming for you.”

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The grievance filed by Rodrigue & Arcuri and attorney Jimmy Faircloth of Faircloth, Melton, Sobel & Bash LLC, on behalf of extra than 100 plaintiffs — and counting — accuses the officials of resulting in “social, financial and cultural hurt” by ‘authoritarian actions less than the pretext of an emergency devoid of close.”

Cantrell spokesman Beau Tidwell has not commented on the lawsuit, but he reported on Feb. 1 that “the pointers we put in place preserve lives.” 

WHD News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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