Gardaí will ramp up Covid-19 checkpoints and patrols from today to ensure people adhere to restrictions during Level Five.
From 7am this morning, additional static checkpoints will be carried out on national routes. They will be supported by random local mobile checkpoints to support the ‘Stay Home/ Stay Safe’ message.
More gardaí will also be redeployed to the frontline, including 70 Garda trainees and 60 Garda reserves who are due to be attested.
An Garda Síochána will also be engaged in high visibility patrolling of key locations such as public amenities, scenic areas and parks. If public amenities are crowded, public health advice is to avoid crowded areas.
An Garda Síochána will continue to investigate any alleged breaches of Public Health regulations under Operation Navigation (Licensed Premises) and Operation Treoraim (Non Essential Retail).
A statement from the authorities again reassured domestic abuse victims that support is available: “An Garda Síochána understands that the move to increased restrictions will increase the anxiety and fear felt by those who may be victims of domestic abuse. An Garda Síochána is here to help. Victims of domestic abuse incidents, including coercive control, will continue to receive highest priority response for service under Operation Faoiseamh.”
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.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said: “This is a difficult time for people, particularly those who feel vulnerable or isolated. An Garda Síochána continues to be here to help. Gardaí around the country have been helping people with everyday tasks like collecting prescriptions and doing shopping, and are also available to stop by for a socially distanced chat. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station.”