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Gardai issue 13,600 Covid fines as public urged not to throw house parties this weekend

Gardai issue 13,600 Covid fines as the public urged not to throw house parties this weekend.

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SOME 13,600 fines have been handed out to people for breaching Covid-19 restrictions, with gardai pleading with the public not to throw house parties this weekend.

New figures released by An Garda Siochana show that 13,600 fines have been issued for breaches of the current Covid-19 restrictions.

Gardai issue 13,600 Covid fines as public urged not to throw house parties this weekend
Members of An Garda at a checkpoint on the M4 in Co. Kildare outbound from Dublin earlier this year
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Gardai issue 13,600 Covid fines as public urged not to throw house parties this weekend
Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon is urging people to stay home this weekend.

Some 10,013 €100 fines have been given to non-essential travel people, with 538 people hit with €500 fines for non-essential trips to airports or ports.

Gardai issued 1,620 €100 fines to people who attended parties, while 420 people were slapped with €500 fines for organizing a house party.

A further 244 people were fined €80 each for refusing to wear a face mask.

Some 3,377 fines were handed out across Dublin, 2,277 in Cork, 1,050 in Limerick, and 707 in Galway.

The garda division in Co Westmeath dished out the fewest Covid fines, with just 163 penalties issued so far.

POLICING CHECKS

Gardai will be carrying out high visibility policing checks at public amenities, parks, and beauty spots across the country this weekend.

Gardai urges people not to throw house parties as they warn these gatherings are putting people at risk of spreading the virus.

Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon said: “The vast majority of people are complying with the public health regulations.

“In doing so, they have made major sacrifices. This effort has saved many lives. We thank them for that.

“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 getting Covid-19.

“Everyone has a role to play in this. 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.”