With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, the City of Boston held an informational hearing with South Boston bars and restaurants.
Even though the St. Patrick’s Day parade has been officially canceled for a second year in a row to to COVID-19 – the city was being proactive due to large crowds expected the weekend before (and on) March 17, which falls on a Wednesday.
The city's licensing board met with South Boston liquor license holders over Zoom Friday afternoon to go over everything. Unlike last year, many restaurants will be open on parade day this year but there will be new rules:
It was a mandatory meeting and all licensees who didn't attend “will be subject to disciplinary action" and even a "suspension" of their license, according to the city. This is the annual meeting the City organizes normally due to the parade.
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COVID-19 restrictions had included prohibition of live entertainment plus a 40% capacity limit and the 90-minute maximum stay. Though the capacity limits are being lifted by the state on Monday, tables must be limited to six people and the 90-minute time limit remains in place.
Right now, bars and clubs are still in Phase 4 of the reopening, which is slated for March 22.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Southie was crowded despite the pandemic last year, with most restaurants shutting down on Sunday, March 15 due to the large crowds and lines the day before.
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