Gardaí issue appeal for Cork people to remain at home this weekend

Gardaí issue appeal for Cork people to remain at home this weekend

Garda checkpoint near the Bandon Road roundabout, Cork as part of Operation Fanacht, during the Covid-19 coronavirus Lockdown Level Five 'Living With Covid' restrictions. Pic; Larry Cummins

GARDAÍ have issued an appeal to the public to remain at home this weekend.

The plea follows a similiar appeal from HSE management in the Cork region yesterday.

Yesterday, Acting Director of Public Health for the region, Dr Anne Sheahan, said that her department can see that the people of Cork are heeding public health advice by staying at home and avoiding contact with people outside their households but asked them to stay the course.

Speaking today Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said, "Throughout this pandemic the vast majority of people have been compliant with public health advice. We thank them for that. We know this hasn’t been easy and has involved great sacrifices.

"However, as we all know, Covid-19 doesn’t relax. It doesn’t take weekends off. We are asking people to remember this as they plan their weekend so they can enjoy it while protecting themselves and others.

"Exercise within 5km of your home. If you are doing this in a place that is getting crowded then leave. Minimise your contacts. Only take essential journeys. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands.

"When visiting amenities within 5km of your home park legally. Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. As we saw last weekend, people who illegally park are at risk of having their cars towed and impounded.” 

The Gardaí continue to adopt the approach of 4Es; Engage, Explain, Encourage and Enforce in engaging with the public. 

However, they have warned that they will issue Fixed Payment Notices for breaches of Covid-19 Public Health regulations where appropriate to do so.

A Garda spokesperson said: "This weekend An Garda Síochána will continue to support the effort against Covid-19 by enforcing the Public Health Regulations and other relevant legislation where appropriate.

Garda checkpoint near the Bandon Road roundabout, Cork as part of Operation Fanacht, during the Covid-19 coronavirus Lockdown Level Five 'Living With Covid' restrictions.
Garda checkpoint near the Bandon Road roundabout, Cork as part of Operation Fanacht, during the Covid-19 coronavirus Lockdown Level Five 'Living With Covid' restrictions.

"Travel restrictions DO NOT APPLY in the case of domestic violence or to escape a risk of harm, whether to the person or to another person. Victims of domestic abuse incidents, including coercive control, will continue to receive highest priority response for service under Operation Faoiseamh.

"If you are a victim of abuse or you know of a family member or friend who is a victim of such abuse, that information is important to us and we ask that you make contact with An Garda Síochána. If you require urgent assistance or support, please call 999 or 112, we are there to listen to help and to protect.

"If you are unable to make phone contact please approach any member of An Garda Síochána on duty, on patrol, on a checkpoint and look for assistance, we are here to help.

"An Garda Síochána is committed to working with our communities to help and support those vulnerable or isolated at this time. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station."

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