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St. Patrick's Day one year later, bars are open, but protocols have to be followed first

Riley's Bar and Grill in Chico was packed on St. Patrick's Day. People waited up to an hour to get seated inside, but they say they've waited long enough.

Posted: Mar 17, 2021 11:58 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2021 8:13 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A very different looking St. Patrick's day in 2021, as much of the country's bars were closed this time last year, people have waited an entire year to go to Riley's on St. Patrick's Day.

"Last year would've been my first time," Jesse Limon said. "But they shut down the bar the day before St. Patty's Day [last year]."

"It's kind of nice to go to the bars and feel like stuff is back to normal," Riley Samson, a person waiting in line said.

Still, Butte County is in the red tier and cases are not gone entirely.

Bars that serve food like Riley's can have indoor dining at 25% in the red tier.

"We're looking forward to those green beers," Limon and her friend Melanie Silva right next to her said.

People at the bar were lined up at the front entrance, but before you can get glasses of that green beer, you're going to need a mask and follow some protocols.

Some people did not have their masks on in the line even though Riley's has a sign that says so. We asked them why?

"We always carry our masks on us," Cole Phillips said. "But we're outside so a little lenience. We respect any policies any store would have."

"We just don't have them on our face right now," Samson said. "But we got them in our pockets."

And for some, they have extra protection against the virus.

"Literally just got my first vaccination today. St. Patty's day!" yelled Silva.

Even though some people waited for more than an hour in line.

"It's looking more normal because this time last year I went back home, because COVID struck," Ernesto Chavolla said while waiting in line.

To them, it's just a little while longer.

"Just spend some quality time with some friends and drink," said Phillips. "Can't go wrong with that."

"It's not the same because I've been inside Riley's pre-COVID," said Limon. "It does feel like a little bit of normal.

Actin News Now tried reaching out to the owner for an interview, he was unavailable for comment.

Health experts said that even if you are vaccinated, you should wear your mask around non-vaccinated people.

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