Gardaí are reminding the public to stay at home and within their 5km in the last weekend before the travel limit is lifted.
From Monday 12th April, you can travel within your county or within 20km of your home if crossing county boundaries.
Before then, gardaí are set to continue to carry out nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities this weekend.
A total of 771 fines have been issued in Donegal in relation to breaches of Covid-19 restrictions.
The figure represents a very small percentage of the population, as gardaí say the vast majority of public continue to support the Public Health Guidelines.
However, gardaí say they continue to find groups gathering (house parties, social gatherings, exercise etc.). In some instances, particularly in relation to house parties, groups as big as 30 to 40 people have been found socialising. In one case last weekend, up to around 100 people were found at a house party. The location of the party was not reported.
To date, An Garda Síochána has issued approximately 19,865 Covid-19 fines across the range of all COVID-19 breaches.
For the first time since January, there will be changes to Ireland’s Level 5 lockdown coming in the next few days.
From Monday, you can meet one other household outside but not in your garden or theirs. Any meetings outdoors should be safe, with continued practising of social distancing and other safe behaviours.
Schools will fully return, with all students back in the classroom for the first time since December. All residential construction can restart as well as early-learning and childcare projects.
Speaking on Friday, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said, “The vast majority of people continue to follow public health advice and regulations. We thank them for their sacrifice. We know it is not easy, but it is making a difference. It is appreciated by all Gardaí.
“Unfortunately, despite the constant public health advice, we are still seeing people attending house parties and other large social gatherings. Going to such gatherings puts yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else you come into contact with after of getting COVID-19.
“The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands.”