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Before Hurricane Ida struck on Aug. But for the first time in weeks, guests were slated to fill nearly every room.

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Many other hotels were fully booked at the higher room rates only holiday weekends allow. But hotels still had Labor Day to look forward to.

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Beaux Church, the manager of three gay bars in the French Quarter, put twice as many bartenders on the schedule as he normally would. Church said. But after Ida howled into Louisiana on Sunday, lashing coastal communities and knocking out power in New Orleans — before moving on to the Northeast, where its remnants wreaked still more havoc — Mr.

The Henry Howard Hotel, along with hundreds of other hotels, stands empty. Southern Decadence is off once again.

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Even Cafe Lafitte in Exilea gay bar that prides itself on staying open 24 hours a day — even during Hurricane Katrina — has been forced to shutter because of its inability to turn on the lights, air conditioning or margarita machine. The possibility that Ida is the event that will finally push visitors over the edge, keeping them away long-term, is what has some in the hospitality sector scared.

After Hurricane Katrina hit inthe of tourists in the city plummeted more than 60 percent. Because businesses and homes in the city did not take on water — as some lamentably did in other parts of Louisiana and Mississippi — the tourist infrastructure was generally undamaged, and she said she hoped that tourists would return as soon as the power is back on. Given that intensive care units in the city have been overflowing with young Covid patients and only 40 percent of people are fully vaccinated in Louisiana, some might argue that the city is better off without an influx of crowds.

Epidemiologists have blamed Mardi Gras in February for creating one of the most explosive outbreaks of coronavirus in the world. But restaurant owners, hotel managers and event planners say given that the city now requires proof of vaccination or a recent coronavirus test along with masks to enter most businesses, they could have handled the visitors, had the storm given them the opportunity. Visitors seemed to appreciate the rules because they gave them a way to move forward with events in a way that felt safe, said Amanda Price, an event planner based in New Orleans.

Labor Day weekend, which falls right in the middle of the most active part of the hurricane season, has not traditionally been a popular time for weddings in New Orleans. But this year, many seemed determined to use the weekend to pull off weddings that had been canceled by concerns about the coronavirus and rules banning large gatherings that were in place for much of the pandemic.

Cayla Contardi, who lives in Austin, Texas, is one of Ms. Saturday, Sept. Originally she was supposed to get married in Tucson, Ariz. All of her guests already had recovered from Covid or are fully vaccinated, she said, so she felt that they could safely execute what was supposed to be a person event in a ballroom in the French Quarter. On Saturday afternoon, Ms. Tammany Parish about 50 miles north of the city, were fleeing their homes.

Still, even after the hotel called her Monday to tell her that her guests could no longer stay there because it was badly damaged, she admits that she struggled to accept that her wedding was Non american guy looking for New Orleans. This year she was anticipating a busy week. As soon as she saw the storm coming in she accepted that was no longer the case. Students had just returned to Tulane University, which was helpful to his restaurant, Saba, about a mile away.

Now the university is postponing classes for at least another month. Then, as more people got vaccinated and decided to return to New Orleans, optimism soared. At some point in the spring, business for Mr. Church, who manages a diner as well as the three French Quarter gay bars, actually surpassed its all-time high. He believes that tourists stopped coming in once his staff got strict about rules requiring proof of vaccination and masks, requirements he supports. He was looking forward to all the visitors this weekend because the Southern Decadence festival had been so clear about communicating requirements.

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