Gardaí Issue Over 2,400 fines for Pandemic Wanderers

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People undertaking non-essential journeys are liable for a fine of €100.

Over 2,400 fines to date have been issued by Gardaí to people who left their homes without a reasonable excuse.

Gardaí can now issue people with a fine for organising a party in their house or for attending such a gathering.

The fine for organising a house party is €500 and attending a house party is €150.

16 fines were issued yesterday to organisers and attendees at house parties in locations such as Limerick, Cork, Galway, and Kilkenny/Carlow.

As attending a party is non-essential travel – even if it is in your neighbour’s house – Gardaí also have the option of issuing the €100 non-essential travel fine to anyone going to or from a party.

In addition, Gardaí can issue a fine of €500 for organising other relevant events as per the public health regulations.

  • More than 2,400 fines have been issued for non-essential travel by An Garda Síochána.
  • Gardaí can now issue fines for organising and attending a house party – 16 such fines issued yesterday.
  • People travelling to or from a party – even to their neighbour’s house – can also be fined.
  • Public advised to stay within the 5km limit when undertaking exercise this weekend.
  • People travelling to and from an airport or port to take a holiday abroad are liable for fines for undertaking a non-essential journey – going on a holiday abroad is not essential travel.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, “The vast majority of people are continuing to play their part in tackling the spread of COVID-19. They are staying home, only making essential journeys, and exercising within 5km of their homes. We appreciate the sacrifices they are making and we ask them to keep it up.

However, there are still some people putting themselves their loved ones, their friends, and their neighbours at risk of getting COVID-19 by not adhering to the regulations. People are dying from COVID-19. People are seriously ill. Our brave doctors, nurses, medical staff and other front-line workers are putting their lives on the line to protect others. They need our support and they deserve our respect. The best way of doing this is to stay home.

People 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.”