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Gardaí enforce public health guidelines 16.04.20

IN supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines, An Garda Síochána has adopted a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Garda members engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce.
This approach continued during Operation Fanacht. This was a major operation to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced recently as part of COVID-19 public health guidelines. The Operation ran from Wednesday, April 8 at 12noon until Monday night, April 13.
Every day of Operation Fanacht, An Garda Síochána conducted 150 permanent checkpoints on major routes, over 500 shorter and mobile checkpoints, as well as a large number of high visibility patrols at tourist locations, natural beauty spots, and parks and beaches.
During this time, Garda members interacted with hundreds of thousands of people. The vast majority were adhering to the public health guidelines.
There was a very high level of compliance with the public health guidelines over the Easter weekend.
In a small number of cases, despite receiving a number of warnings, some individuals did not adhere to the guidelines and the regulations were enforced in seven cases.
As per Garda policy in relation to the regulations, in all cases where arrests were made under the regulations, Garda members will consult with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the decision to charge individuals.
"There was a very high level of compliance with the public health guidelines over the Easter weekend. I want to thank the public for that. This has helped saved lives. We now need people to continue that high level of compliance over the coming weeks. Working together we can reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Commissioner Drew Harris.
"Regrettably, there was a small minority who did not adhere to the guidelines or other legislation and Garda members had no option but to use the regulations or other legislation. This demonstrates the need for the regulations not only from an enforcement point of view, but also to support those who are willingly living their lives in line with the public health guidelines,” added Commissioner Harris.
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