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No house parties or home visits in the name of Easter – gardaí reminded

DUBLIN: Gardai said there should be no large celebrations or home visits in the name of Easter. Gardai has reminded people that going on vacation or visiting family would not be considered necessary.

Gardai’s statement comes after the government announced that it would gradually ease restrictions in phases from April 12.

“Regulations provide for travel restrictions outside a person’s place of residence except for a reasonable excuse or necessary journey,” gardaí said. “Travel to second/holiday homes, family gatherings, religious services etc. are not provided for as a ‘reasonable excuse’ in the regulations,” it added.

Checkpoints will remain in operation across Ireland this weekend, particularly on motorways and dual-carriageways. Anyone found violating travel rules will be fined €100. Gardai also confirmed that they will continue high visibility patrolling at public amenities.

It’s good that people are getting some fresh air and having fun during the holidays, but it should only be done in compliance with public health regulations. “An Garda Síochána is acutely aware the impact of Covid-19 is having on the communities that we live in,” said Anne Marie McMahon, Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security.

“Public Health regulations are in place for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society. I appeal to everyone to make that extra effort this Easter weekend to comply with the regulations, which remain in place,” she urged.

Your actions this weekend could protect a loved family member or dear friend. We are here to help and support our communities and the most vulnerable citizens,” she added.

Gardai repeatedly reminded people not to organize parties or go to other houses over the weekends. These events put not just those attending, but everyone they meet afterwards, at risk of catching Covid-19,” a garda spokesperson said. The fine for house party organizers is €500 and for participants is €150.

Gardai also said travel restrictions do not apply to people who are subject to domestic violence.

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