Gardaí are making some changes to their policing of Covid-19 regulations as the country moves from Level 5 to Level 3.

Fixed checkpoints on motorway and dual carriageway routes will no longer be in place.

Operation Fanacht will continue to see more than 100 checkpoints on main routes supported by a schedule of mobile checkpoints.

These will be conducted on a daily basis with a focus on compliance with guidelines on inter-county travel.

People are asked not to travel outside their county before 18 December.

Gardaí said their ongoing operation will also include:
- High visibility patrols in key city, urban and retail locations in the run-up to Christmas.
- There will also be patrols focusing on the night-time economy. On this, An Garda Síochána will be liaising closely with retail and licensed premises.
- Checks on licenced premises under Operation Navigation will step back up again.
- Community engagement activity will continue to focus on the vulnerable and those who feel isolated, particularly during Christmas time.
- Continued active investigation of domestic abuse, as well as support for victims under Operation Faoiseamh.

Commissioner Drew Harris said: "Throughout the pandemic there has been very good compliance by the public with the health advice and regulations. It is critical that this continues in Level 3.

"While people are able to undertake more activities and travel wider from 1 December, we all need to remember that Covid-19 is still with us and we should act accordingly.

"We all must continue to play our part by heeding the public health advice. This is the best way of protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours."