More than 120 COVID-19 fines issued in Galway in a week

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More than 120 fines for breaches of COVID-19 regulations have been issued by Gardaí in Galway in the past week.

As of Thursday, February 25 there had been COVID-19 520 fines issued in the Galway Garda Division, up from 493 the Friday before.

These fines cover a range of offences including breaching travel restrictions, attending or organising a prohibited event, or failing to wear a mask where required.

Nationwide, Gardaí have issued 9,800 fines for offences across the range of all COVID-19 regulations.

These include 7,566 €100 fines for non-essential travel, 277 fines of €500 for organising a house party, and 1,109 people have been fined €100 for attending one.

There have been 187 people issued an €80 fine for not wearing a face covering where required, and back in travel Gardaí have issued 341 people a €500 fine specifically for non-essential journeys to ports or airports.

People issued with a COVID-19 related fine have 28 days to pay the fine, and if they fail to do so, a court summons will be issued.

Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security John Twomey said, “The vast majority of people are complying with the public health regulations.

“This is vital in bringing down the COVID-19 infection rate. We know it has meant major sacrifices for people and we thank them for their great efforts.”

“The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands.”

“We all have a role to play in tackling the spread of COVID-19. This is an individual and collective responsibility. Unfortunately, there appears to be some people who don’t believe it is their responsibility.”

“Having such an attitude puts themselves, their loved ones and anyone they come into contact with at risk of getting a virus that has killed more than 4,000 of our fellow citizens.”