Gardaí issue reminder to public ahead of weekend as over 7,500 non-essential travel fines handed out

By James Fenton

February 26, 2021 at 3:41pm

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Gardaí issue reminder to public ahead of weekend as over 7,500 non-essential travel fines handed out

Gardaí have issued a reminder to the public that they will be conducting high-visibility patrols at 'public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend.'

A statement issued today says that 'An Garda Síochána has issued approximately 9,800 Covid-19 fines across the range of all Covid-19 breaches to date.' These include:

- 7,566 €100 fines for non-essential travel
- 341 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports – the total number of €100 and €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports is 716
- 277 €500 fines for organising a house party and 1,109 €150 fines for attending a house party
- 187 fines of €80 each for not wearing a face covering

This weekend, with the fine weather expected to lead to large numbers of people leaving their homes, the public have been reminded of the following:

- Plan your activities this weekend to ensure you exercise within your 5km
- Gardaí continuing high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend
- Illegal parking at such locations can result in cars being towed and impounded
- All adults in a car found to be undertaking a non-essential journey may be liable for a €100 fine each

Today's statement says that 'An Garda Síochána will be continuing nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.'

Current Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions are scheduled to remain in place until April 5.

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