On Friday, the City of Boston held a virtual hearing with the bars and restaurants in South Boston on the subject of St. Patrick’s Day headlining. This is the annual meeting the City organizes normally due to the parade.
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 of Boston is still expecting crowds to come to the neighborhood. With St. Patrick’s Day on a Wednesday, March 17, they are anticipating crowds beginning Friday, March 11th and running through Sunday, March 21st.
According to Boston.com, the licensing board touched upon COVID-19 safety measures and reminding businesses it was up to them to make sure they were being enforced to help keep the patrons safe.
In addition to tables being 6 feet apart, no more than 90 minutes at a table, and patrons must order food while consuming alcohol, live entertainment is not allowed in Boston restaurants.
BPD Captain John Boyle was also on the call and informed the businesses that there would be additional police coverage the weekend before, after St. Patrick’s Day and on the holiday itself. Boyle told the attendees that BPD is there to help with lines and they will be inspecting inside the bars and making sure there is no shenanigans on the streets.
Last year, St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Southie was banana with most restaurants shutting down on Sunday due to the large crowds and lines on Saturday. We expect there will be several warning from the City of Boston re: house parties and gathering in South Boston on the horizon.
More to follow – stay tuned.