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Due to Covid-19, Mardi Gras parades are canceled in New Orleans next year

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mardi Gras parades will not be permitted next year at New Orleans' annual festival, but city officials are saying the holiday is definitely not canceled.

(CNN)Mardi Gras parades will not be permitted next year at New Orleans' annual festival, but city officials are saying the holiday is definitely not canceled.

Mardi Gras 2021 is not canceled.

Mardi Gras, to be celebrated on February 16, 2021, is a religious holiday, and therefore cannot be canceled, according to the city's website.

However, as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in the city with the number of new cases approaching critical levels, the city is imposing some restrictions -- notably, canceling parades in an effort to prevent a super spreader event.

"So while we certainly want to move forward and find ways that we can celebrate, and we can mark this occasion, we have to do it safely.

10 more deaths in the last two weeks.

The positivity rate doubled in the last week. "

Though the city will still allow visitors -- with both Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street remaining open -- the city still requires everyone to wear masks in public and maintain social distancing.

"It is highly recommended that time in the city's entertainment districts be limited and social distancing observed with mask wearing," the mayor's website states.

Many states are issuing a new wave of mask mandates and other restrictions in an attempt to fend off the virus, with some places discouraging holiday festivities as well.

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