The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has announced that it has ended its standard practice of turning Royal Street in the French Quarter into a pedestrian mall between 11 am to 4 pm everyday.
The decision comes shortly after the Paris Islamic terrorist attacks which left at least 128 people dead. NOPD told NOLA.com that they made the decision as part of an “updated security plan.”
However, the news just broke about the pedestrian mall being closed down even though the plan was initiated weeks ago, leaving street performers and vendors wondering why they weren’t notified earlier.
During a press conference following the Paris attacks, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said there were no credible threats to the city of New Orleans.
Landrieu also said her was “confident that we have the equipment necessary, the manpower necessary, the intelligence necessary to protect the people of the city of New Orleans and to all of our tourists and guests that come into town.”
Currently, Landrieu is in Paris at a COP21 Climate Change summit where he is discussing his plans for what he intends to do in New Orleans to fight climate change.