Gardai appeal ‘not to arrange or attend house parties’

An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to the public to reduce social contacts this Easter Weekend to further reduce the current impact of Covid-19 on our society.
They are also appealing to the public not to arrange or attend house parties or gatherings over this weekend.
They say the current Public Health Regulations remain in place over the Easter weekend.
These regulations provide for travel restrictions outside a person’s place of residence except for a reasonable excuse or necessary journey.  Travel to second / holiday homes, family gatherings, religious services etc… are not provided for as a ‘reasonable excuse’ in the regulations.
Persons found to be in breach of the non-essential travel regulations can be subject to a fine of €100.
In response to the current high levels of Covid-19 infection in the community, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to implement checkpoints across the road network to support Government Public Health Regulations over the Easter period. These checkpoints further support ongoing Road Safety campaigns.
An Garda Síochána will continue high visibility patrolling at public amenities.  It is important that people avail of fresh air and enjoy their time off over the weekend.  Please do so in accordance with Public Health Regulations and follow the guidelines on social distancing, wearing face coverings and washing your hands. If a public amenity appears to be crowded, please change your plans and revisit at a different time.
When visiting public amenities for outdoor exercise within 5km of your home please park legally. Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. As has been the case previously, people who illegally park are at risk of having their cars towed and impounded.
An Garda Síochána appeals to the public not to arrange or attend house parties or gatherings over this weekend.  These events put not just those attending, but everyone they meet afterwards, at risk of catching COVID-19. Persons organising and attending house gatherings can be subject to a fine of €500 for organising and a fine of €150 for attending these events.
An Garda Síochána continues to remind persons subject to domestic violence – Travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person.
An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to any person who may have been the victim of an incident of sexual or domestic crime irrespective of whether you may have been on breach of any public health regulations, for instance by attending a house party, An Garda Síochána is here to assist and support you, please report all such incidents.

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