Widespread compliance with public health guidelines reported in licensed premises

Widespread compliance with public health guidelines reported in licensed premises

Gardaí conducting visits to licesced premises have found the vast majority to be acting in compliance with licensing laws and public health regulations.

An Garda Síochána have continued to find widespread compliance with public health guidelines by licensed premises under Operation Navigation with some establishments in breach of the regulations.

Potential breaches of the health regulations and/or licencing laws were found on 22 occasions from the period of Monday, July 20 to Sunday, July 26.

The majority of these cases continue to refer to no evidence of food being served or consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.

Since the commencement of Operation Navigation on July 3, gardaí conducting visits to licensed premises have found the vast majority to be acting in compliance with licensing laws and public health regulations.

A total of 80 found to be in breach and files will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of these cases.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said that An Garda Síochána were “delighted” to see the continued high level of compliance by licensed premises but that a minority of licensed premises are “failing to adhere to the regulations”.

“In such circumstances gardaí will continue its graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent and I would appeal to publicans to comply in all circumstances to help stop the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.3) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 are currently in effect until August 10.

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