Covid-19 latest: Almost 140 potential breaches of regulations and licensing laws

Covid-19 latest: Almost 140 potential breaches of regulations and licensing laws

In each of the 13 cases, Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol, but no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.

GARDAÍ have detected 13 potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations and licensing laws across the country last week.

According to a garda spokesman, An Garda Síochána is now preparing files for the Director of Public Prosecutions, arising out of Operation Navigation.

The cumulative total of potential breaches since Operation Navigation began is now 138.

A garda statement said that in each of the 13 cases, Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol, but no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.

"The continued high level of compliance among licensed premises is very welcome," Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said.

"However, there remains a minority who are putting their employees, their customers and their local community at risk of getting COVID-19. 

"Everyone in the community has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 including licensed premises."

He added: "Customers of such licensed premises also have a responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect their family, friends and neighbours. 

"Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we individually and collectively follow the public health advice and adhere to the public health regulations to flatten this new curve in the virus.”

Last weekend, 354 checkpoints were carried out in the three lockdown counties, Kildare, Laois and Offaly, as well as surrounding garda divisions.


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