The New Orleans Police Department along with other city agencies are working together to reduce large gatherings generated by the operation of vendors operating without proper permits.
In recent weeks, the NOPD has received reports of vendors operating in violation of City Code resulting in large groups gathering while patronizing their businesses. This is in violation of the public health guidelines currently in effect under phase 2 of the City’s COVID-19 response.
The Department of Public Works has placed signs in these areas to warn vendors that no vending or alcohol sales are allowed without proper permits.
Beginning the weekend of Saturday, August 15, 2020, the NOPD will enforce these regulations and halt the operation of any vendors in violation. The citywide enforcement will begin at the Claiborne underpass, which is one of several areas of concern for large groups gathering due to the sale of alcohol in these areas. Such gatherings can contribute to potential outbreaks of COVID-19. Vendors without proper permits will be issued summons, ordered to cease business and vacate the area immediately.
People interested in permits should visit One-Stop Permitting Office at www.nola.gov, or contact them at (504) 658-7125 or (504) 658-7100 for more information. Vendors who have legitimate permits can operate for the time allotted for the specific permit. Second Line vendor permits are not valid.
If anyone notices businesses that are not in compliance with the City’s code enforcement and public health guidelines, please call 3-1-1 or 504-658-2299