This was one of Newark’s quietest St. Patrick’s Day weekends in recent memory, police said.

The only citations related to partying were three noise violations and one 75-person party, a violation of the city’s pandemic-related limit on gatherings, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The party was reported on New London Road at 12:20 a.m. Sunday. One resident and two attendees were charged. The other attendees fled out the back door when police arrived, Rubin said.

Two of the noise violations occurred at residential properties, and the third happened at the Green Turtle on South Main Street, which had a live band performing on its outdoor patio at 9:45 p.m. Friday. The manager was cited for allowing a violation of the city’s noise ordinance, Rubin said.

Police received a few other complaints about parties, but no citations were issued, Rubin said.

There was also an incident Saturday on Prospect Avenue, in which an intoxicated guest was charged with pointing a handgun at residents and passersby, but police did not tie that incident to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The six St. Patrick’s Day-related arrests are a far cry from the 40 in 2019 and 51 in 2018. Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day – which came just days after UD canceled in-person classes due to the virus – was tamer than usual but still prompted the city to implement the first emergency ordinance limiting the size of gatherings.

The quieter holiday no doubt comes as a relief to city and University of Delaware officials, who were concerned that large parties could lead to another coronavirus spike on campus. A spate of illegal Halloween parties led to a spike that had ripple effects for weeks last fall.

The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day is always one of the biggest party weekends of the year, but officials were even more worried this year due to the added threat of the virus.

“I’d say this year compared to others, it’s important because of the way the virus is spreading,” Rubin said last week. “It is a priority for us to try and prevent the gatherings, therefore preventing the spread, and we’re asking for voluntary compliance with all of the restrictions that are currently in place.”

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Wednesday, police are also planning extra patrols for next weekend.

Officials will closely watch UD’s virus statistics over the next week for any evidence of an increase related to the parties that did occur this week.

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