The party is back on in NOLA. The city is returning to Phase 3 Covid restrictions this weekend and that means the music returns to one of or nation's favorite tourist destinations.

Jesse Paige who owns the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street tells WWL some of the restrictions are just too tough to meet.

“One of the main things is that the air conditioning unit must be able to circulate air, take the air out of a place six times per hour,” Paige said.

Paige and other club owners say the cost of installing such a system would be too much and there's no way to make up the cost. There also has to be a protective barrier between the band and the guests.

The Associated Press reports:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Entertainment venues in New Orleans have been given permission to start hosting live music again starting this weekend, but under strict regulations. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and city health director Jennifer Avegno announced the change Wednesday. It comes amid declining coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the city. It's not clear how many bars and other live music venues will be able to conform to the rules, which go into effect on Friday. It's been about a year since many have been able to host live music. The regulations require proper ventilation, social distancing and the use of barriers.


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