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Covid 19

  • We will follow all government guidelines
  • Face shields will be available for poster presenters
  • Masks will be available for attendees.

2022 Visitor Safety Statement

Updated July 2022

Overview

As one of the world’s most celebrated and iconic destinations for global meetings and conventions, leisure visitors, major cultural festivals and national sporting championships, New Orleans welcomes millions of travelers and countless corporations and organizations each year with revelry and joy. Our cultural authenticity, joie de vivre and the fact that we are organically built to host, result in an unequalled success and travel experience in New Orleans like nowhere else, with every trip and gathering producing a world class memory.

New Orleans & Company and its hospitality partners flourish with great relationships with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and Superintendent/Chief of Police Shaun Ferguson and his senior team. New Orleans & Company partners with and engages the top leadership of the NOPD on all elements, locations and activities of every gathering  and convention so they may be available not only to meet and discuss all of a group’s priorities and requirements, but to ensure coverage around convention venues and all areas where specific events are occurring. NOPD creates a deployment plan designed specifically for the needs of that group.

As the world successfully emerges from the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and residents is our number one priority in New Orleans. New Orleans continues to host many major conventions and meetings, huge cultural events including the NCAA Final Four, French Quarter Festival, the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Essence Festival of Culture, just to name a few. We ask visitors to use the same personal safety precautions, and to stay vigilant, as they would at home and in any metropolitan destination.

The NOPD has enhanced its Violent Crimes Abatement Investigations Team (VCAIT) unit initiatives to sustain the earlier successes with similar programs. The enhancement includes a stronger more intentional partnership with the Louisiana State Police (LSP) and federal partners.

Additional security protocols underway

  • Police patrol on foot as well as motorcycles and Smart Cars throughout the French Quarter, with special attention to Bourbon Street, Royal Street, Chartres Street, Jackson Square and parks
  • Police patrol Convention Center Boulevard via patrol cars and Polaris carts
  • NOPD officers dressed in fluorescent vests when directing traffic
  • Mounted officers on horseback, when needed
  • Portable light boxes on major cross streets
  • Sky Watch towers to increase visibility, observation and police presence during special events
  • Enhanced Blue Light Patrol proactive patrols with off-duty NOPD officers to increase police presence
  • All eight (8) districts are on 12-hour shifts

Downtown Public Safety Rangers

The Downtown Development District (DDD) created the Public Safety Ranger program as an integral element of Downtown’s public safety network. The Public Safety Rangers are a non-commissioned force of safety professionals who patrol Downtown on foot and on bicycle. They act as extra eyes and ears for the police and the DDD. Rangers are customer-friendly and provide visible coverage throughout Downtown.

Visitors Downtown also can utilize the DDD Public Safety Rangers, who are on duty seven days a week from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Downtown SafeWalk escorts are offered free of charge within the Downtown DDD boundaries. Call or text (504) 415-1730 to check availability.