Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

20.56 18 Sep 2020


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Gardaí will step up checkpoints and patrols in Dublin from midnight tonight, as new coronavirus restrictions come into force.

The force says it's recommencing 'Operation Fannacht' this weekend, after it was confirmed that the capital is being moved to level three of coronavirus response.

They say people can expect to see more gardaí on foot, in car and on bike, with officers to particularly focus on ensuring social distancing and limiting any groups gathering in large numbers.

Checkpoints will also be set up around the county, with gardaí reminding people not to travel in or out of Dublin unless absolutely necessary.

However, the force says officers will continue to follow a 'graduated policing response' - only using enforcement of public health regulations as a last resort.

Deputy Commissioner of Policing and Security, John Twomey, said: "Local gardaí are here to support individuals and local communities, in particular the most vulnerable in our society during this time.

"If you are feeling isolated or need help with shopping, collecting your prescription or anything else similar, please contact your local Garda station”.

He also said the force is 'fully aware' of the impact of restrictions on people who are subject to domestic abuse and do not feel safe at home.

He said anyone can visit a local Garda station if they need advice, and urged people to call 999 at any time if they are in danger.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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