New Orleans launches crackdown of unauthorized vendors

Coronavirus

The New Orleans Police Department and other agencies are looking to cut down on potentially pandemic prolonging large events by getting tough with unlicensed vendors.

"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," the city announced. "This is in violation of the public health guidelines currently in effect under phase 2 of the City’s COVID-19 response."

The city's Department of Public Works has placed signs in areas where this has been happening to warn vendors that without permits, they will be in violation of the law.

"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," according to the city. "Such gatherings can contribute to potential outbreaks of COVID-19."

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.

The city asks that if anyone notices businesses that are not in compliance with the City’s code enforcement and public health guidelines, please call 311 or 504-658-2299.