Gardaí appeal to the public to stay at home this weekend
"We know this hasn’t been easy and has involved great sacrifices."
An Garda Síochána has called on the public to "stay the course" and to remain at home this weekend to support Public Health Guidelines and Regulations.
Gardaí said the vast majority of the public have been compliant with restrictions but a minority are not complying.
On Thursday, it was revealed that 29 Fixed Payment Notices (FPNs) had been issued by Gardaí from Monday to Wednesday for breaches of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
While an approach of engaging, explaining, encouraging and enforcing in interacting with the public will still be used, Gardaí said they can and will issue FPNs where appropriate.
Speaking on Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security, John Twomey said: "Throughout this pandemic the vast majority of people have been compliant with public health advice. We thank them for that. We know this hasn’t been easy and has involved great sacrifices.
"However, as we all know, Covid-19 doesn’t relax. It doesn’t take weekends off. We are asking people to remember this as they plan their weekend so they can enjoy it while protecting themselves and others.
"Exercise within 5km of your home. If you are doing this in a place that is getting crowded then leave. Minimise your contacts. Only take essential journeys. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands.
"When visiting amenities within 5km of your home, park legally. Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. As we saw last weekend, people who illegally parked are at risk of having their cars towed and impounded.”
Gardaí also noted...
- Travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person. Victims of domestic abuse incidents, including coercive control, will continue to receive highest priority response for service under Operation Faoiseamh.
- If you are a victim of abuse or you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, that information is important and you're asked to make contact with An Garda Síochána. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112.
- If you are unable to make phone contact, please approach any member of An Garda Síochána on duty, on patrol, on a checkpoint and look for assistance.
- An Garda Síochána said it is committed to working with communities to help and support those vulnerable or isolated at this time. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station.