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.