Gardaí have re-commenced Operation Fanacht in Dublin


The Garda have confirmed that Operation Fanacht has recommenced as a result of the Level Three guidelines.


Officers will be based around the county in order to check on people travelling around the capital.


It comes as Dublin enters level three from midnight on Sunday.


A Garda statement said:


''The Government on the advice of NPHET are requesting the people of county Dublin to adhere to increased public health measures that are being applied to stop the spread of COVID-19.


''Operation Fanacht is focused on supporting public compliance with these public health measures following the announcement by An Taoiseach today that Dublin is now at level 3 of the Governments Plan for Living with COVID-19.


''Operation Fanacht will see a high level of visibility of An Garda Sochna members in Dublin City and County on foot, in car and on bike, to support the public health guidelines, particularly in relation to social distancing and gathering in large groups at amenities and open spaces.


''Targeted Garda Checkpoints will be established throughout the county.


''An Garda Sochna wants to remind everyone that people are being encouraged not to travel out of or into Dublin County unless absolutely necessary.


''Garda activity in Dublin will be supplemented by Garda personnel from the surrounding counties which will focus on patrols of destination public amenities and open spaces.


''This activity will consist of targeted patrols and checkpoints to check compliance with Public Health Regulations.''


Pubs


The force also confirmed that Operation Navigation will continue - which will see officers inspecting pubs and restaurants.


''Operation Navigation, which focuses on compliance with public health regulations by licensed premises, will continue nationwide, and An Garda Sochna will enforce Penal Regulations.


''Where Garda find potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case.


Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said:


''As a community we all need to come together to once again protect ourselves and our most vulnerable.


''It is vital that every person plays their part and adheres to the public health regulations and guidelines to reduce the increasing spread of COVID-19.


''An Garda Sochna will do its part in Keeping people Safe. Operation Fanacht is intended to work with communities to support Government and Public Health Guidelines.