Gardaí urge people to socialise responsibly over bank holiday weekend

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An Garda Síochana has appealed to people to socialise responsibly over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Garda Superintendent Liam Geraghty said that the current public health guidelines are that people should socialise outdoors – but also avoid crowded areas, keep good social distancing and wear face coverings.

While extra facilities will be provided by local authorities, everyone has a responsibility to be a good citizen, the Superintendent said.

“Please demonstrate consideration for local residents, local businesses, leave our public amenities clean and tidy, and park legally and responsibly,” said Superintendent Geraghty.

“Gardaí have put in place policing plans ahead of this weekend, with the ultimate aim to deter criminal activity and manage public safety in public spaces right across the country.

“These policing plans will primarily involve high visibility uniform patrols, supported by plain clothes patrols, public order patrols and other specialist units, where appropriate and available.

“Where crowds gather An Garda Síochana’s responsibility is preserving public order, and preventing and investigating any criminal offence which may occur.”

Gardaí say that they will continue to focus on the approach of ‘engage, explain and encourage’ the public.

“The COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochana continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate, personal and social responsibility, to comply with public health guidelines and public health regulations in order to continue to save lives,” added Superintendent Geraghty.