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Chicago bars packed with St. Patrick's
revelers in spite of coronavirus

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Posted By: AltaD, 3/15/2020 9:50:54 AM

Chicago bars were packed Saturday afternoon into the evening as revelers celebrated St. Patrick's Day a few days early and ignored warings about the coronavirus pandemic. "If you are young and healthy, listen up. We need you to follow social distancing guidelines too. You can have the unintended tragic effect of spreading COVID-19 to others who may be more vulnerable," said Gov. JB Pritzker, noting with exasperation that he saw a lot of people out and about on Saturday afternoon in Chicago. (Snip)"You know, we're trying not to think about it and just have fun regardless," Lauren Anthony told Fox 32 News as she was out barhopping.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Kate318 3/15/2020 9:57:11 AM (No. 346939)
As one who is closer in age to the at-risk group, I say good for them. Life is too short to cower in self-quarantine, or excuse me, self-distancing. Have one for me, kids!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: hammondb3 3/15/2020 9:57:43 AM (No. 346940)
Frankly, I am a bit split on this. I DO think the COVID-19 is way overblown. I believe (as does Johns Hopkins researchers) that the number of reported cases is just a TINY fraction of the real spread. AND, this is a GOOD thing because it likely means the mortality rate is nowhere NEAR what we have been told. In fact, JH estimated that when China said they had 12,000 cases, they actually had closer to 60,000. If that was the case and they modeled it correctly, or CLOSE to correctly, the death rate in China would be... drum roll please... about like the average flu. But, what Chicagoans are doing is being selfish pr1cks by ignoring the call to curb social contact.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: sciteach 3/15/2020 10:04:37 AM (No. 346949)
Good for them. This is going down as the most overblown reaction to a bug in modern history. I have never seen such insanity.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LtE126 3/15/2020 10:24:34 AM (No. 346966)
Personally, I’m pretty disappointed in my fellow south siders who allowed themselves to be bullied and cancelled the real parade. Wusses
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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo 3/15/2020 10:27:21 AM (No. 346969)
It's not just hysteria. It's weaponized hysteria. The intent is to destroy the economy. In doing so, they want civil chaos, people (theirs) in the streets angry and demanding government to save them, feed them, etc. In short, this is their "Red October" kickoff on the Ides of March.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: HammerDax56 3/15/2020 10:43:30 AM (No. 346987)
Thank God.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: czechlist 3/15/2020 10:48:18 AM (No. 346991)
I agree planetgeo. They want us to be afraid, be very afraid; you are easier to control when you willingly give up your freedoms. If this virus is as bad as is being reported, and no vaccine will be available for months to a year, then there will be no means to live a normal life and avoid it. Back in the 50s when my older brother got the mumps, measles, chicken pox... Mom put me in the room with him so I would get it over with as well. Somehow we survived. Now, what used to be normally expected childhood maladies are treated as life threatening. We are becoming cowards.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: 2assume 3/15/2020 11:20:38 AM (No. 347016)
Here’s a thought. We have been exposed to this very communicable disease for months. Why are there not more deaths?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: JediJerry 3/15/2020 11:46:16 AM (No. 347043)
Just got word that San Francisco bars with occupancy over 100 must close for 7 weeks. Happy StPaddys Day!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Gallo3 3/15/2020 11:51:37 AM (No. 347049)
The Fargo mandelones cancelled our Parade, but Dempsey's stayed open, and the great Irish band Poitin played two shows to a packed house. The whole place romped and stomped like there was no tomorrow... My head hurts today, but I don't think it was the Coronavirus. I think it was the Green Old Style virus, with Palinko chasers. Add DEM to Panic you get Pandemic.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DCGIRL 3/15/2020 11:58:56 AM (No. 347055)
Good for them for not playing into one of the biggest hoaxes this year.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Norway 3/15/2020 12:21:30 PM (No. 347085)
We will soon seen a COVID19 spike in Chicago.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: cor-vet 3/15/2020 12:31:42 PM (No. 347099)
The New Orleans gestapo shut down a St. Paddys day party of over aged drunks, who are old enough to decide if they want to buy into this BS or not. The bible says we have the right to determine our own way through life, with the bill coming due after life ends. The bible never envisioned anything like our current government.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: spacer 3/15/2020 12:39:14 PM (No. 347112)
THAT is the America I grew up with.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: msjena 3/15/2020 1:05:19 PM (No. 347135)
I think it is important to continue to support small businesses like local bars and restaurants. St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest nights for bars. So good for the revelers. (I note that Chicago has not canceled the elections on Tuesday.)
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 3/15/2020 1:16:48 PM (No. 347146)
I have dinner with one group of pilot friends every Sunday for the last 35 years, no plans to cancel that, at least so far. I have Friday dinner with some old shooting buddies, and we did not cancel this last Friday, and hung around the local gun shop, checking out the latest new guns for about 45 minutes before dinner. And I shook hands with the shop owner, we always chat about guns and "things". Went to the gym Friday and worked out, too. I am certainly not seeking to just "be in a crowd", and I will wash hands and use sanitizer more these days, but I am not going to entirely stop my life. either. I spend a lot of time at home anyway, and that should be adequate 'social distancing'.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/15/2020 1:17:25 PM (No. 347147)
Heck, we went out last night for dinner at a locally owned (Veteran owned actually) German bierhall. Live music, great beer, yummy food. The place was half full with mostly young to middle aged folks. The mall it is located at, the parking lot was cram packed and it was a rainy night. People are going out. We are washing hands and being careful and are completely healthy middle aged folks. Life can't stop or our economy will collapse. And Nashville has had a rough time of late.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: vinegrower 3/15/2020 1:24:42 PM (No. 347155)
I am happy to hear this. I would have been there with them if I was a twenty something. Unfortunately I'm a sixty something and those party days have long passed for me. But tonight my husband and I will go out to dinner to a local restaurant. Somebody needs to support the local economy. The Democrats and the media have cowerd everybody.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 3/15/2020 1:33:52 PM (No. 347169)
The cure for anything in chi caca has always been alcohol Always
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Penney 3/15/2020 1:51:04 PM (No. 347186)
Life goes on! This is a good thing, contrary to the hysterical tunnel visioned dem's press
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Annie Xango 3/15/2020 2:44:10 PM (No. 347236)
went out a little early to my fav place..actually I go almost every nite..I don't cook. I was the only there..for awhile..then by the time I left a couple of hours later it was doing brisk business.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: msjena 3/15/2020 4:21:01 PM (No. 347316)
Mayor putting restrictions on now. I guess she wasn’t familiar with St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Chicago, when the bars open at 8 am. Many of the patrons are from the suburbs. They don’t come for the parade.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: worried 3/15/2020 4:36:41 PM (No. 347327)
Just to chime in with some others; last night we went to dinner with 10 of us. No one was worried about the virus; only when our food was coming. And it was GREAT!
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Reply 24 - Posted by: mifla 3/16/2020 7:46:05 AM (No. 347769)
Alcohol kills germs.
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