Thu, 24 Sep 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - An Garda Sochna has increased high visibility patrols in Dublin in a bid to combat the accelerating number of Covid-19 cases in the Irish capital.

The increased policing is resulting in high visibility patrols by members of An Garda Sochna on foot, in car and on bike throughout the county to support the public health guidelines, particularly in relation to social distancing and gathering in large groups.

"There has been very good compliance with the public health guidelines to date. We want to thank the public for this," Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said Sunday.

"However, as the Acting CMO has said, in Dublin we are now entering a critical phase. As a result, we will have a high visibility presence throughout Dublin to support the public health guidelines and regulations."

"It is vital that people living in, working in and visiting Dublin limit their social interactions, maintain social distancing, wear face masks in shops and on public transport, and not gather in groups larger than outlined in the public health advice," Twomey said.

"We know the considerable sacrifices people have made during the last six months, but individually and collectively we must continue to do all we can to protect our families, friends and neighbours."

"Throughout the pandemic, An Garda Sochna has adopted a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen members of An Garda Sochna engage, educate, encourage and, only as a last resort, enforce. That approach continues," said the deputy commissioner.

"I would also like to re-iterate that An Garda Sochna continues to be here for anyone who feels vulnerable or isolated at this time. If you need help or assistance, please call your local Garda station. We are here to help and support you."

Garda said in a statement released on Sunday that the current increasing in policing does not include the re-introduction of Operation Fanacht as there are no travel restrictions in place at this time.

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