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in the clear Conor McGregor will not be fined for not wearing a facemask in shop

MMA star Conor McGregor will not be fined for failing to wear a face mask in a Kildare shop - becauuse gardai have not received a formal complaint.

Gardai have said they have not received “any reports of incidents” in relation to the non-wearing of masks in a Gala store in Straffan in Co Kildare yesterday.

Conor McGregor was slammed on social media yesterday after he shared a video of himself buying a bottle of his own Proper 12 whisky in a Gala store in the Co Kildare town without wearing a mask.

The Notorious posted the clip on his Instagram page which shows him brandishing the bottle in the local shop in Straffan while asking staff on how well the whiskey has been selling.

He captions the post: "Shop Local."

Due to laws making the wearing of a mask mandatory in shops in Ireland, McGregor risks being fined €80 and could face a potential punishments of a further €1,000 fine or a month’s imprisonment

The 32-year-old former two-weight world champion has been slammed on social media for not following Covid rules.

"Ya selling number 12 and how's sales going," he asks a masked member of staff. "Is this the second last bottle," he adds after being told it's selling well.

He offers to buy it, adding his thanks and appreciation "as it means a lot to me to see the support."

He jokes about the price before asking for a receipt.

He then promises to get a display into the shop to help sales.

However, in the comments section not everyone is impressed.

"Where is you mask," asks one person.

Another adds: “Show some respect and wear a mask FFs," adds another.

"You sure are a champ but you must wear your damn mask, man,” adds another.

In response, to queries asking if Gardai had received any reports relating to an incident regarding non-wearing of masks in a store in Straffan in Co Kildare, specifically the Gala shop, they said: “An Garda Síochána has not received any reports of incidents matching the below description at this time.”

Gardai added: “The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A – Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Face coverings in certain premises and businesses) Regulations 2020, as amended, refer.

“These regulations inter alia require that ‘A responsible person shall take reasonable steps to engage with persons entering or in the relevant premises to inform them of the requirements of paragraph (1) and to promote compliance with those requirements.’ A member of An Garda Síochána is not a ‘responsible person’.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives.”

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