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New Orleans Whiskey Drinkers Unwillingness To Follow Covid Measures Leads To Festival Cancellation

New Orleans, a city long known for its love of whiskey (home of the Sazerac cocktail, after all), faces tough news this week.

New Orleans Bourbon Festival, an event scheduled for August 2021, has now been postponed to March 2022. The event was originally supposed to take place in 2020, but saw its original date slip due to the original onset of the COVID Pandemic.

The summer reschedule date has moved once more as city planners, event staff and the organizations facilitating the Bourbon Festival came to grips with the reality of the COVID Delta variant, and the lack of community support.

In order for the festival to continue as planned, City Officials made it clear that vaccination cards, negative COVID tests and masks would be required for Bourbon to continue flowing. In a statement made on the festival’s website, the founders and facilitators pointed out that they had polled the ticket holders for the event. 60% of ticket holders responded, and of that sum, half stated they would rather skip the event than comply with a mask mandate, negative test, or display of vaccination card.

It’s a fascinating angle, and certainly an unexpected outcome, but as a result of the ticket holder survey, the event has been moved. In March 2022, the New Orleans Bourbon Festival will hopefully open its door, with COVID safely behind the event and its organizers. Understandably, not everyone was thrilled or agreed with the outcome. Some respondents suggested attending other festivals where presumably stricter COVID controls were in place, and residents were more open to the conditions proposed by the New Orleans officials.

Others were less subtle in their disdain:

While some mused it was New Orleans nestling in the South that was to blame:

The continued spread of COVID continues to surge in the United States. It’s likely to be some time before large scale whiskey related gatherings in the country, although bourbon drinkers can rest their fears on running out of hard spirits. Operations like Buffalo  Trace and Jim Beam aren’t slowing production, and there’s plenty of great whiskey to enjoy from the safety of home while the fight against the virus continues.

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Jay West, better known as t8ke across the internet and beyond, is a multi-disciplined spirits writer, media personality and above all else, drinks enthusiast. From tastings to conventions and events, you can always expect to find Jay wherever fine drinks are being served.