Gardai are beginning an intensive policing operation ensure compliance with the additional restrictions announced by the Government today.

There will be increased number of static checkpoints on national roads from 7am tomorrow and additional garda patrols in scenic areas.

More uniform office-based gardaí will be deployed to frontline duties.

The force said 70 trainees are also being sworn in as full-time members and 60 reservists will also be deployed.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey says while gardaí will continue to engage, encourage and educate people, greater emphasis will be put on enforcement in cases where people are deemed to be flouting the restrictions.

Gardai have also warned that it is an offence for people to be outside their homes "without reasonable excuse".

They have cited cases where people have been fined and imprisoned for breaching the regulations.

One woman was given four months in prison for being in breach of travel restrictions, while two men were fined €1,000 for being in "breach of health regulations at a domestic house".

Gardaí reiterated that the travel restrictions do not apply in the cases of domestic violence or those escaping from harm.


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