UTICA, N.Y. --- St. Patrick's Day on Varick Street had a much different look than last year. The bars in Utica's brewery district are now closed, and the restaurants can't seat any customers.
"The fact that it's a holy day and no one is here sends some alerts to any of us, so we are sorry about that. We pray for the people and that this virus will end soon," said Paul Dumas.
But the Irish celebrations continue with a different routine. A new mandate forces restaurants to just offer takeout and delivery.
However, some of Utica's famous Irish businesses are still offering St. Patrick's Day specials.
"Going forward we will have specials everyday, of items that are very popular here... we will have to adapt to the times," said Tom Powers, owner of the Celtic Harp.
Many residents that were passing through or picking up orders told NEWSChannel 2 that it was odd to see Varick Street that quiet.
"Its always been very crowded - a lot of people enjoying themselves - and it's just so different. It really is a ghost town."
Business owners at this point are hoping that all of this will pass soon.
"Hopefully this will pass relatively quickly. Until then we will be available as long as there is a market for us to stay available," said Powers.