Gardaí are about to clamp down on non-essential journeys this weekend, after 29 fines were issued during the first week of extra measures.
Notable incidents included three people who travelled from Co Meath to south Dublin for takeaway burgers. The trio had travelled 80km from their home, and all three were fined €100 each.
Another woman in Middleton, Cork, was fined after being directed to return home, but was later found by gardaí at a beach. In Galway, two cyclists were stopped 19km from their homes. They were not from the same household, not social distancing and not wearing masks.
Since Monday, gardaí can now prosecute breaches of Travel Restrictions under Covid-19 Regulations by means of a €100 Fixed Payment Notice.
Gardaí say they will continue to operate a significant number of static and mobile checkpoints, as well as conduct high visibility patrolling, this weekend. High visibility patrols of key locations such as public amenities, scenic areas and parks will also continue.
Car parks at 23 beaches in Donegal remain be closed to ensure compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “Our health service is under pressure. Deaths from COVID-19 are rising. ICU admissions are increasing. The best way for people to protect and honour front-line workers is to stay at home. The best way for people to protect their loved ones, their neighbours, and their communities is to stay at home.”
“Please only make essential journeys. Exercise within 5km of your home. Minimise the amount of people you meet. Wear a face mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands. If you visit somewhere to exercise and it is crowded then leave. This will all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives,” added Deputy Twomey.