New on-the-spot COVID fines announced

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Gardaí will have the power to dish out a range of new on-the-spot fines for people breaching Covid-19 restrictions after a new statutory instrument was signed by Minister Stephen Donnelly.

People can now be fined €500 for organising an event in a private dwelling, while those attending an event can be given a €150 fine.

Anyone not wearing a mask on public transport or in certain retail outlets will face fines of €80 and those breaching travel regulations could be forced to pay a €100 fine.

The Department of Health has said that there is a small cohort of people who are ignoring the Covid-19 guidance and putting themselves and others at risk.

The new regulations will be in place for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be amended as required.

Offences

Provision Fixed Penalty Notice Provision Penal Provision? (Tiered Penalties) Dwelling Event Provision? Relevant Provision?
Organising an event in a private dwelling in contravention of regulations €500 Yes Yes No
Attending an event in a private dwelling in contravention of regulations €150 Yes Yes No
Organising an event outside a private dwelling €500 Yes No No
Breaching travel regulations €100 Yes No No
Not wearing a face covering on public transport €80 Yes No No
Not wearing a face covering in certain retail outlets €80 Yes No No