Amidst the growing COVID-19 outbreak, Calgary officials have had to make some tough decisions. One of the latest decisions is to cancel Calagary St. Patrick's Day. Anyone who had a green outfit ready may want to listen closely, as some bars and restaurants are closing immediately for the highly anticipated holiday. 

St. Patrick's Day is on Tuesday, March 17 and Calgary’s mayor is urging everyone to cancel the holiday. 

The Calgary Herald has reported that mayor Naheed Nenshi remotely gathered with the council on Monday morning to discuss what the city was going to do moving forward amidst this COID-19 outbreak.

Over the weekend, the city declared a state of emergency that forced the immediate closure of many city-owned facilities like libraries and YMCAs.

Businesses like the Calgary Tower and The Calgary Zoo also followed suit and closed their doors on Monday. Other businesses like bars and restaurants are now only allowed to serve half of their maximum capacity limit at a time.

While these measures were implemented immediately, more precautionary moves are being made. 

According to the Calgary Herald, the mayor is cancelling St.Patricks Day in the city. 

“St. Patrick’s Day is cancelled. We look to people to be responsible in that way,” he said to the Calgary Herald.

“We would encourage all hospitality industries to not throw big parties, and if we need an order to enforce that, we can do so.”

Even though the mayor's suggestions are straight forward, bars seem to be undecided on what to do. 

A number of bars in the city are temporarily closed amidst the outbreak. With the status of the virus changing at every minute, the status of bars and restaurants is also wavering.

At this time, the following locations are closed in the city:

  • Trolley 5 Brewpub
  • Ship & Anchor
  • Anju
  • Bridgette Bar
  • Double Zero 
  • Bourbon Room
  • Model Milk
  • Lulu Bar
  • Local 522
  • Palomino
  • Goro+Gin
  • National
  • Pigeonhole
  • Ricardo’s Hideaway
  • Sky 360
  • Wildhorse
  • The Palace Theatre
  • The Keg 
  • Leopold's Tavern 
  • Garage Sports Bar
  • Cactus Club
  • Dickens Pub
  • Outcast Brewing 
  • Mikey’s on 12th 

The lengths of the closures of each restaurant will vary, with many not having announced a reopening date at present. 

Venues like Cactus Club, on the other hand, will be closed form March 17 to March 23. 

With these closures, hundreds of people will be out of work for the foreseeable future.

Concorde Entertainment Group, which has several bars on the above list, employs more than 1,000 staff members. 

But it’s not just the city of Calgary that is shutting down local businesses. B.C. is seeing dozens of restaurants, bars, and retailers close their doors amidst the pandemic.

Because of this, BC Hydro is now letting people defer their bill payments due to the financial strain of temporary unemployment.