“We need to follow the governor’s lead. We need to join the people, that’s what the reality is. It’s no longer us by ourselves fighting this virus,” said Rubenstein.

NEW ORLEANS — The owners of Rubensteins clothing store at the corner of Canal and St. Charles say business is down 50 percent because of the pandemic.  

David Rubenstein says compounding COVID’s impact is the decision by New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell to keep the city in phase 2, while the rest of the state has moved on to phase 3 of reopening the economy. 

“We need to follow the governor’s lead.  We need to join the people, that’s what the reality is.  It’s no longer us by ourselves fighting this virus,” Rubenstein said. 

In a letter posted in the Advocate, Rubenstein says Cantrell’s reluctance to open more of the economy is basically holding the city hostage.  He claims the city

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