In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish government has advised that all pubs should close until March 29 putting an end to most St Patrick’s Day celebrations on the Emerald Isle… an action that speaks volumes to the dangers the world is now facing.
In a statement Dr. Tony Holloman, Chief Medical 0fficer for the Irish Department of Health, couldn’t have been more sober about NOT celebrating one of Ireland’s most beloved holidays…
“In regard to upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the government is calling on all members of the public not to organize or participate in any parties in private house or other venues which would put other people’s lives at risk.”
“Everyone is asked to reduce their social contact over this time period. House parties/ Covid-19 parties carry the same risks as being in a pub or club, therefore people should not organize or attend them. The virus is now in our community, it is up to us to limit its spread.”
On March 11 organizers cancelled of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, due to the global spread of the coronavirus.
The announcement came on the same day that New York’s Covid-19 death toll rose above 200 cases.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a joint statement with Sean Lane, Parade Committee Chair of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration Committee, admitting that the pair made the tough decision together….
“I recommended and the parade’s leadership agreed to postpone this year’s parade due to the high density and the large volume of marchers and spectators who attend.”
“While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts, and I applaud the parade’s leadership for working cooperatively with us.”
“While the risk to New Yorkers remains low and we want to avoid social and economic disruptions, we have an obligation to take action to contain the spread of this virus,” he added.
Lane’s statement, according to the New York Post, “was more terse.”
“We thank Governor Cuomo for his decisive leadership in this challenging time. We look forward to celebrating the 259th St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the entire city of New York at a later date.”
That same day Chicago and Pittsburgh joined other major cities including Dublin, Boston, Denver and New Orleans in nixing St Petrick’s Day celebrations.
Over 4.4 million people attend those six cancelled parades according to Forbes….
New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade, an event that has been held every year since 1762 is one of the largest in the world, atracting more than 2 million people annually.
And Forbes is reporting that since early February more than 10 million attendees worldwide have had their plans changed by the coronavirus, which has already claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide.