Gardaí introduce additional lockdown measures from tomorrow

Date Published : January 6th, 2021    Published By : admin

Gardaí are to conduct additional static checkpoints on national routes from 7am tomorrow.

The additional measures are part of Operation Fanacht and will be supported by the local mobile checkpoints introduced last week.

An additional re-deployment of Gardaí to the front-line will include 70 Garda trainees currently deployed in training Garda stations, will be attested on successful completion of their initial phase one training and 60 Garda reserves who have successfully completed their training will also be attested.

Speaking at a checkpoint this evening, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said, "Keeping people safe during this pandemic has been An Garda Síochána's number one priority. The measures announced today will further support that work. The additional checkpoints combined with high visibility patrolling in key locations will help Government and societal efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Pic via Garda Twitter

"We all have a role to play in tackling the pandemic. To date, there has been widespread compliance with public health advice and regulations. Now, more than ever, we all need to adhere to the public health advice. Stay home. Please only make essential journeys. Minimise the amount of people you meet. Wear a face mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands.

"This is a difficult time for people, particularly those who feel vulnerable or isolated. An Garda Síochána continues to be here to help. Gardaí around the country have been helping people with everyday tasks like collecting prescriptions and doing shopping, and are also available to stop by for a socially distanced chat. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station."

The public are reminded that the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020 are currently in force.  Regulation 4 states, inter alia, ‘an applicable person shall not leave his or her place of residence without reasonable excuse’.  This is a Penal Regulation and is enforceable.

An Garda Síochána will be recommencing static checkpoints under Operation Fanacht from 7am tomorrow.  These will be on national routes (not motorways) supported by random local mobile checkpoints designed to support the Stay Home/ Stay Safe message.

An Garda Síochána will also be engaged in high visibility patrolling of key locations such as public amenities, scenic areas and parks.

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