June 5, 2023

‘Covid-19 doesn’t take the weekend off’ – Kilkenny gardai urge people not to attend parties

An Garda Siochána in Kilkenny are once again urging people not to gather for house parties or social gatherings this weekend saying: “Covid-19 doesn’t take the weekend off”.

Local gardai will be continuing checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the county this weekend in support of public health regulations.

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

The Garda advice comes after they revealed more than 15,350 fines have been issued nationwide on the back of Covid-19 breaches including 466 €500 fines for organising a house party and 1,842 €150 fines for attending house parties.

There have been 11,072 €100 fines for non-essential travel, 1,011 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports, 269 fines for not wearing a face covering, and 262 fines for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said: “These are not just breaches of regulations, but are a risk to the individuals involved, their families and loved ones, and continue to put everybody’s health and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic at risk.

“The vast majority of people are compiling with the public health regulations. Thank you and please keep it up. Your contribution is appreciated by gardaí throughout the country.

“We know it is hard and it has meant significant sacrifices, but you are helping to save lives and protect those on the front-line,” Deputy Commissioner McMahon added.

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