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Friday, 22nd January 2021

Almost 1,000 fines issued for non-essential travel

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Gardaí advise public to remember 5km limit when planning their weekend

All adults in a vehicle can be fined for breach of non-essential travel regulations

Since their introduction on January 11 2021, An Garda Síochána has issued almost 1,000 fines for non-essential travel.

In addition to 771 fines for non-essential travel, approximately 200 other fines are currently being processed.

Last weekend, over 300 fines were issued for suspected breaches of the public health regulations related to non-essential travel.

An Garda Síochána say that they will be continuing its checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.

An Garda Síochána is advising the public of the need to plan their activities over the weekend to take account that people are only allowed to exercise within 5km of their home.

People are reminded that the 5km limit includes the distance travelled from their home to a location for exercise. In other words, you can’t travel more than 5km to a location to exercise.

The public should also be aware that if a driver is found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations, not only can the driver be fined, but so can their adult passengers. This is also the case for adults in groups undertaking activities such as cycling or walking – every adult in such a group can be fined.

An Garda Síochána has also to date issued 30 fines for the non-wearing of face masks in certain locations with the vast majority of these – 26 – being in retail premises.

People are advised that under public health regulations they must wear a face mask in retail premises. Under the regulations, An Garda Síochána can take enforcement action in relation to such matters once it has been informed of the alleged breach by a relevant authority i.e. the manager of a 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.”

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