121 incidents of spitting and/or coughing against Gardaí since April 1 month ago

121 incidents of spitting and/or coughing against Gardaí since April

There has been 121 incidents of spitting and/or coughing against Gardaí since 8 April.

However, there has been no use of the Covid-19 Public Health Regulations over the past seven days.

Gardaí have invoked these regulations 320 times out of over a million interactions with the public, which is an increase of seven from last week’s update.

However, the seven interactions in question related to incidents that occurred in previous weeks.

From 8 April, which was when the regulations came into effect, until 27 June 2020 inclusive, Gardaí invoked the regulations a total of 320 times.

Thus far, in 110 of these incidents a charge or summons has issued. Most incidents involve a single individual but some have resulted in charges against multiple people.

These include both arrests and incidents without arrest where name and address details were taken for consultation with the DPP on the decision to issue charges.

Gardaí said that arrests remains a last resort.

The number of incidents involving other suspected crimes continues to far exceed the number of cases involving only breaches of the recent government restrictions.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing & Security, John Twomey said: "There has been very good compliance with the public health guidelines to date.

"As we enter Phase 3 it still remains important for people to continue to heed public health advice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"At the outset of the COVID-19 situation, An Garda Síochána said it will continue to operate as a community-based policing service with a focus on protecting the vulnerable. This approach will not change during this phase."