Southie bars shut-down for Sunday; still open citywide

There's no parade through South Boston on Sunday and there will be no bar hopping through the neighborhood either.

After photos of long lines and crowds outside bars in South Boston drew scorn and condemnation Saturday, the city closed bars early Saturday night and on Sunday announced that the popular St. Patrick's Day weekend spots will not open Sunday.

"SB bars & restaurants will be closed today as part of a voluntary agreement," South Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn tweeted Sunday morning. "Thank you Mayor Walsh, my fellow SB elected officials, neighbors, Licensing Board, license holders in SB for working w/ us & taking these sound proactive measures to protect the public’s health."

On WCVB on Sunday morning, Gov. Baker said, "I think the city did the right thing. I saw the news on what was going on in South Boston last night, I think the mayor made the right decision." He added, "I hope he shuts it down on Tuesday," which is St. Patrick's Day.

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