Those looking to get a pint on St. Patrick’s Day at a pub in Ireland will now have to look elsewhere. All bars and pubs in the country will closed beginning Sunday night, and will remain closed until at least March 29 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the government announced in a press release Sunday. The decision comes after the government said it spoke with industry representatives who explained the “real difficulty” in implementing social distancing in a public house setting, “as pubs are specifically designed to promote social interaction in a situation where alcohol reduces personal inhibitions,” reads the release. Leadership is also asking the public not to hold or attend house parties or gatherings at, “other venues which would put other peoples’ health at risk.” “The government, having consulted with the Chief Medical Officer, believes that this is an essential public health measure given the reports of reckless behavior by some members of the public in certain pubs last night,” states the release.The guidance comes after multiple videos were posted on social media this weekend showing packed watering holes in the country, prior to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday on Tuesday. “Not far from here, nurses & doctors are working to


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