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New on-the-spot COVID fines announced

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

ProvisionFixed Penalty Notice ProvisionPenal Provision? (Tiered Penalties)Dwelling Event Provision?Relevant Provision?
Organising an event in a private dwelling in contravention of regulations€500YesYesNo
Attending an event in a private dwelling in contravention of regulations€150YesYesNo
Organising an event outside a private dwelling€500YesNoNo
Breaching travel regulations€100YesNoNo
Not wearing a face covering on public transport€80YesNoNo
Not wearing a face covering in certain retail outlets€80YesNoNo
Michael Malone
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