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garda warning Gardai issue more than 2,400 fines for non-essential travel since introduced on Jan 11

16 fines issued in one day yesterday for those organising and attending a house party

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Gardai are warning people to stay at home this weekend

Gardai are warning people to stay at home this weekend

Gardai are warning people to stay at home this weekend

More than 2,400 fines for non-essential travel have been handed out by Gardai since they were introduced on January 11, it has been revealed. 

As they warned people to stay at home this weekend, Gardai also pointed out that they had issued 16 fines in one day yesterday for those organising and attending a house party.

They are also reminding people to stay within the 5km limit when going to exercise this weekend while those travelling to and from an airport or port to take a holiday abroad are liable for fines for undertaking a non-essential journey.

“Going on a holiday abroad is not essential travel,” Gardai warned.

The figures were released as Gardai said nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country will continue this weekend in support of public health regulations.

“As it did last weekend, An Garda Síochána is advising the public of the need to plan their activities over the weekend to take account that people are only allowed to exercise within 5km of their home,” Gardai said.

“People are reminded that the 5km limit includes the distance travelled from their home to a location for exercise. In other words, you can’t travel more than 5km to a location to exercise.

“The public should also be aware that if a driver is found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations that not only can the driver be fined, but their adult passengers as well,” they added. “This is also the case for adults in groups undertaking activities such as cycling or walking – every adult in such a group can be fined.”

People undertaking non-essential journeys are liable for a fine of €100. Since being introduced on January 11 more that 2,400 to date have been issued by Gardaí to people who left their homes without a reasonable excuse.

Gardaí can now issue people with a fine for organising a party in their house or for attending such a gathering. The fine for organising a house party is €500 and attending a house party is €150.

They revealed that 16 of these fines were issued yesterday to organisers and attendees at house parties in locations such as Limerick, Cork, Galway, and Kilkenny/Carlow.

Gardaí also have the option of issuing the €100 non-essential travel fine to anyone going to or from a party as attending one is non-essential travel – even if it is in your neighbour’s house -

In addition, Gardaí can issue a fine of €500 for organising other relevant events as per the public health regulations.

An Garda Síochána has also to date issued 63 fines for the non-wearing of face masks in certain locations with the vast majority of these – 50 – being in retail premises.

“People are advised that under public health regulations they must wear a face mask in retail premises,” they added.

“Under the regulations, An Garda Síochána can take enforcement action in relation to such matters once it has been informed of the alleged breach by a relevant authority i.e. the manager of a retail premises.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said the vast majority of people are continuing to play their part in tackling the spread of Covid-19.

“They are staying home, only making essential journeys, and exercising within 5km of their homes. We appreciate the sacrifices they are making and we ask them to keep it up.

"However, there are still some people putting themselves their loved ones, their friends, and their neighbours at risk of getting Covid-19 by not adhering to the regulations. People are dying from Covid-19. People are seriously ill.”

He added: “Our brave doctors, nurses, medical staff and other front-line workers are putting their lives on the line to protect others. They need our support and they deserve our respect. The best way of doing this is to stay home.

"People should only make essential journeys, reduce their contacts, practice social distancing, and wash their hands. Please stay safe and keep others safe by staying home.”

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