WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - While COVID-19 restrictions limit won’t have crowds ringing in the new year in Wichita bars and night clubs, local businesses aren’t giving up on celebrating the end of 2020. The current public health order calls for bars to close by 11 p.m.

At Chicken N’ Pickle, there’s a celebration every hour as the new year happens in time zones ahead of the central time zone in the U.S. The popular restaurant’s plan was to celebrate every hour from 5 to 10 p.m.

Bars like Mort’s Martini and Cigar Bar in downtown Wichita are helping the community to celebrate safely from home with to-go party packs filled with champagne, martini and bloody Mary mixes.

“We hope people are conscientious and staying home and following protocol,” said MOrt’s Operating Partner Emma Russell. “So if we can make that more fun, I feel like we’re doing a service to our community.”

Thursday (New Year’s Eve) was also busy for liquor stores with more people planning to celebrate at home.

“Twenty percent increase over last year in terms of what we were expecting on business today,” Jacob’s Liquor Exchange Wine Director Jamie Stratton said. “So really, (we) just made sure we stocked up a lot. We added two more coolers just to make sure we had enough champagne available.”

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