Groups of people are continuing to congregate at house parties and social gatherings, according to the latest update on breaches of public health regulations from An Garda Síochána.

"In some instances, particularly in relation to house parties, gardaí are finding groups as big as 30 to 40 people. In one case last weekend... around 100 people were found at a house party," according to a garda statement this evening.

"These are not just breaches of regulations, but are a risk to the individuals involved, their families and loved ones, and continue to put everybody's health and the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic at risk."

There has been a total of €737,400 worth of house party-related fines issued by gardaí. This includes 675 fines of €500 each for organising a house party and 2,666 fines of €150 fines for attending a house party


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As of close of business yesterday, there had also been 13,972 fines of €100 issued for non-essential travel and 1,046 fines of €500 for non-essential journeys to airports/ports.

There were 337 fines of €80 each issued for not wearing a face covering and 377 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State.

An Garda Síochána said gardaí will "continue nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations".

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said: "The vast majority of people continue to follow public health advice and regulations. We thank them for their sacrifice.

"Unfortunately, despite the constant public health advice, we are still seeing people attending house parties and other large social gatherings.

"Going to such gatherings puts yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else you come into contact with after of getting Covid-19.

"The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands."

On Monday, new regulations come into effect allowing people to travel anywhere in their county, or up to 20km from their home if crossing county boundaries.