COVID-19: Gardaí lose their Covid-19 enforcement powers

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As we enter phase two of the reopening of the country, the new travel restrictions will not be enforced by gardaí.

The 20km cross-county limit is “not a penal offence” according to gardaí.

The government stated that retaining criminal sanctions would not be proportionate, with the Department of Health adding that it is “important for the law to be valid and human rights compliant”.

The gardaí will still retain their powers to police gatherings organised for more than 15 people to which the organisers could face a €2500 fine and/or a six-month prison sentence.