More than 7,950 Covid-19 fines have now been issued.
As Gardaí continue nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country this weekend, new figures reveal 6,297 €100 fines have been handed out for non-essential travel, with 263 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports and ports.
Holding a house party during a pandemic earned 197 party hosts a fine of €500, while 747 party guests received fines of €150.
An €80 fine for not wearing a face-covering was handed out to 155 people.
‘There are still people who are not complying’
Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said there are still people who refuse to comply with the guidelines.
“This week the tragic milestone of 4,000 COVID-19 deaths was reached. That is 4,000 people that were loved. That is 4,000 people that had family, friends and neighbours. That is 4,000 of our fellow citizens.” he said.
“While the vast majority of people are heeding the advice, there are still some who are not complying with public health regulations. In doing so, they are putting themselves, those they love, and those they know at risk of catching a virus that could, unfortunately, result in serious illness or death.
“We all have an individual and collective responsibility to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home, reduce your contacts, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands.”
Current measures advise everyone to stay at home and reduce all contacts, only exercising within 5km of your home.
However, An Garda Síochána has reminded the public that travel restrictions do not apply to anyone fleeing domestic violence or travelling to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person themselves or to another person.
Anyone who is a victim of violence is encouraged to contact Gardaí, even if an incident occurred at a house party.