Holiday closings ring in new year

Published on Monday, 31 December 2018 21:01
Written by Charles Paullin


Today is a holiday, but it is still business as usual for many merchants and workers.

While many stores, offices and public facilities closed early Monday in preparation for New Year’s Eve festivities, residents can ride public transportation, fuel their carss or shop today.

All courthouses and post offices are closed, as are banks. All libraries in the area will be closed and schools are still on winter break.

Bus and train services will operate on a Sunday schedule. Schedules and updates can be found at,, and

Some convenience stores and gas stations will be open today.

Stop & Shop and Walgreens stores are also open today.

Liquor stores will not be open, as state law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages on New Year’s Day, Christmas and Thanksgiving.

In the event of a medical emergency, people who want to avoid the hospital emergency room can get treatment at AFC Urgent Care, 135 East Main St., New Britain. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The New England Urgent Care Center, 576 Farmington Ave., Bristol, will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

For those who don’t want to cook, the Riverside Restaurant Cafe, 170 Riverside Ave., Bristol, will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For those who need to return unwanted Christmas gifts or shop after-Christmas sales, Westfarms mall will be operating on a holiday schedule, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Area movies theaters are open today, too.The AMC movie theatres in Plainville, 220 New Britain Ave., and Southington, 1821 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, have showings as early as 9 a.m. and late as 10:55 p.m.

Some of the movies offered are “Aquaman,” “Holmes and Watson” and “The Mule.”

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald on Monday, 31 December 2018 21:01. Updated: Monday, 31 December 2018 21:04.