Rodent Activity Increases In Empty French Quarter

An empty bar is seen on Bourbon Street as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards orders bars, gyms and casinos to close until April 13th due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 16, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

New Orleans is working to clear out the rat population as the French Quarter is mostly empty due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crews began carrying out rodent abatement work yesterday and said it is especially important for them to control the rodent population as it poses potential health risks.

Local leaders believe fewer people and a lack of food in the Quarter may be causing increased activity among the rodents.

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