A total of 13 licensed premises in Ireland were found in breach of Covid-19 safety guidelines by the Gardai as part of Operation Navigation last week.
While the vast majority of licensed premises operating have been found to be in compliance with regulations and licensing laws to date, 13 potential breaches were found by Gardaí between Tuesday, August 11 and Sunday, August 16, and files will now be prepared for the DPP in each of these cases.
In all these cases, Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol, but no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.
From Friday, July 3 to Sunday, August 16, An Garda Síochána conducted thousands of checks on licensed premises throughout the country under Operation Navigation to support public health guidelines.
The cumulative total of potential breaches since Operation Navigation began is now 138.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, "The continued high level of compliance among licensed premises is very welcome. However, there remains a minority who are putting their employees, their customers and their local community at risk of getting COVID-19. Everyone in the community has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 including licensed premises.
"Customers of such licensed premises also have a responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect their family, friends and neighbours.
"Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we individually and collectively follow the public health advice and adhere to the public health regulations to flatten this new curve in the virus.”
At midnight on Friday, August 7 2020, following the announcement by An Taoiseach of Certain Temporary Restrictions, in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly, An Garda Síochána recommenced Operation Fanacht, a localised proactive policing operation, focused on supporting public compliance with travel restrictions.
On Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 August 2020 there were a total of 354 checkpoints conducted in Kildare, Laois/Offaly and all surrounding Divisions (Meath, Westmeath, Roscommon/Longford, Galway, Tipperary, Kilkenny/Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford).
Of these, 164 were in Kildare and Laois/Offaly Divisions, the remaining 190 were conducted in the other surrounding Divisions.