The Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey has said the vast majority of people are adhering to the Covid-19 restrictions and are not travelling beyond two kilometres this Easter weekend.
However, he said some people are continuing to go on long cycles while others are attempting to drive to the beaches in the good weather.
Gardai have also reported a number of people who are travelling excessive distances for shopping and they cited an incident of a man travelling from Tipperary to Limerick to buy a trampoline.
Deputy Twomey said that as it stands, the general public have done what has been asked of them and he appealed to people to continue to do so.
He said there was an intensive policing plan underway and he thanked the public for their co-operation and support.
Over 2,500 gardai are manning checkpoints on the country’s major roads this weekend. They are also patrolling towns, beauty spots and beaches.
In south Dublin, bathing areas at Seapoint, Sandycove and the Forty Foot have been closed in the interests of public health.
Gardaí have been instructed to operate a graduated policing plan to deal with the current restrictions on movement.
Enforcement is a last resort and gardaí have been told only to use it when all other avenues have been exhausted.
Deputy Twomey said today these regulations are about preventing the spread of Covid-19.
“If you don’t think of the risk that you pose to other people, that is a real difficulty for An Garda Síochana and for all members of the public,” he said.
He added however that gardai will be trying to remind people of the regulations and will enforce the law only when necessary.
The Deputy Commissioner also moved to assure older people who are cocooning that gardai will be on hand to help out in whatever way they can over the next few weeks.
From RTE News.