Over 1,000 fines issued for breaches of non-essential travel by Gardai

Gardai have issued a reminder to the public on the regulations around the 5km rule, after issuing over 1,000 fines for breaches of travel restrictions.

People are reminded that the 5km limit includes the distance travelled from your home to an exercise location.

If caught with a group in breach of these rules, all adults in the vehicle or group in breach of non-essential travel regulation can be fined.

In addition to 771 fines being issued for non-essential travel, approximately 200 fines are currently being checked and processed.

Last weekend, over 300 fines were issued for suspected breaches of the public health regulations related to non-essential travel.

An Garda Sochna will be set to continue numerous checkpoints and high visibility patrols across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said:

"The vast majority of people are complying with non-essential travel regulations.

"This is very welcome. However, there are still some people who are not compliant.

"These regulations are in place to protect public health. At a time when significant numbers of people are dying or seriously ill, we all need to do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"If people want to protect our health service and support our doctors, nurses and other front-line workers who are putting themselves in harms way every day to tackle COVID-19 then they should stay home.

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"They 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."

An Garda Sochna has also issued 30 fines to date to people not wearing face masks in certain locations with the vast majority of these (26) being in retail premises.

People are advised that under public health regulations they must wear a face mask on all retail premises.