Ninety-nine fines have been issued to people in the North West for breaking Covid-19 travel limits, gardaí report today.
Close to 1,000 fines for non-essential travel have been issued nationwide so far, as gardaí enforce Level Five restrictions and the 5km limit. The majority of fines (77%) have been issued to men, while 40% of all fines have been issued to adults aged 18-25.
Gardaí are planning to continue roadside checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.
To date, 30 fines have been issued to members of the public who refused to wear face masks in certain locations, with the vast majority of these – 26 – being in retail premises.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “The vast majority of people are complying with the non-essential travel regulations. This is very welcome. However, there are still some people who are not compliant. These regulations are in place to protect public health. At a time when significant numbers of people are dying or seriously ill we all need to do all we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“If people want to protect our health service and support our doctors, nurses and other front-line workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way every day to tackle COVID-19 then they should stay home. They should only make essential journeys, reduce their contacts, practice social distancing, and wash their hands. Please stay safe and keep others safe by staying home.”