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Here's What St. Patrick's Day Looked Like In Ireland Amid The Coronavirus Outbreak

In a city celebrated as the epicenter of St. Patrick's Day, pubs and restaurants in Dublin were shuttered on the holiday in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Posted on March 17, 2020, at 5:43 p.m. ET

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In Dublin, a city that sees an average of 500,000 visitors each year on St. Patrick's Day, festivities have been halted and pubs shuttered after the Republic of Ireland announced over the weekend a two-week lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Saturday, pubs were crowded with revelers who blatantly ignored the government's warning, which resulted in all restaurants and bars closing on Monday. Still, a handful of emerald-clad partygoers insisted in disobeying the order on St. Patrick's Day and continued to socialize in close proximity with others.

These pictures show what the streets of Dublin looked like on St. Patrick's Day during the coronavirus outbreak.

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A man wearing a shamrock suit walks along the normally bustling parade route on O'Connell Street.

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Streets in the normally bustling Temple Bar neighborhood are quiet.

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Two women in clover-patterned face masks near the Temple Bar neighborhood.

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People share a drink on the streets of Dublin.

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A man in a face mask walks past a man dressed as St. Patrick near Temple Bar.

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Tourists in St. Patrick's Dayโ€“themed clothing walk the normally crowded streets in Dublin's city center.

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A souvenir seller waits for business in Dublin's city center.

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A couple walk their children along the normally bustling parade route on O'Connell Street.

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A woman wears a protective mask in the popular Temple Bar neighborhood.

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A tourist walks near O'Connell Street in Dublin.

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Police officers walk past a boarded-up bar following the cancellation of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade and celebrations.

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Tourists in St. Patrick's Dayโ€“themed clothing explore the city.

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A woman walks in the popular Temple Bar neighborhood.

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The St. Patrick's Day parade route is virtually empty.

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A closed sign is pictured outside a pub in the Temple Bar neighborhood.

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People gather in the Temple Bar neighborhood.

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A man checks to see if a bar in the Temple Bar neighborhood is open.


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