South Boston Restaurant Owners Cautioned At St. Patrick's Day Meeting

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston officials held a mandatory virtual meeting for all South Boston bar and restaurant owners on Friday to outline what's expected for St. Patrick's Day this year.

While restaurants throughout the state can begin operating at full capacity on March 1st, Boston licensing officials said all other COVID-19 limits will still be enforced throughout the city before and during St. Patrick's Day.

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Boston Licensing Board Chief Kathleen Joyce said officials will specifically be keeping an eye on Southie bars and restaurants in the days surrounding St. Patty's Day.

"We'll be looking at this particular neighborhood closely just because it's St. Patricks Day," Joyce said. "But I want to assure you we're not looking for violations. My team is not out there looking to write people up... We're looking to help you."

It's the second year there will be no St. Patrick's Day parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with restaurants and bars increasing their capacity starting Monday, crowds are still expected in the neighborhood on March 17th.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports:

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Written by Brit Smith

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