WP version 4.4.2, I have a customized sidebar.php and no widgets activated, which automatically prohibits get_sidebar() function to load contents of sidebar.php. Is there a way to forcefully load sidebar.php file?

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Ah, default twentysixteen theme had additional function to add body class:

if ( ! is_active_sidebar( 'sidebar-1' ) ) {
    $classes[] = 'no-sidebar';

So that was the reason for sidebar not to show up.

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