My spies report that some entity (City Health I guess) met with at least two well-known Quarter restaurant owners/Management and said that, although there is running water, there are leaks in the underground pipes & this contaminates (obviously). Translation was "don't even think about opening up before January 1." I guess it depends on the number of leaks and how hard it is to fix them.
Also reported by an insurance adjuster was the news to restaurants: "don't try to clean any storage lockers. Throw them out; too much mold."
As I say, take it for what it's worth. We all are hopeful the Jan 1 date is beaten.