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Beaches And Scenic Areas In Wicklow, Out Of Bounds For Visitors Outside 2KM Distance

Gardai have launched a major policing operation aimed at encouraging people not to travel to Beaches or scenic locations in Wicklow and around the country over the upcoming Easter weekend.

The Garda Commissioner says people who made it to their holiday homes must now remain there during the COVID19 restrictions.

New powers signed by Wicklow TD Simon Harris that allow Gardaí to enforce coronavirus restrictions are now in effect.

The Garda Commissioner Drew Harris says while public cooperation with the guidelines have to far been good, things are starting to slip.

Gardaí are now able to arrest people who refuse to comply.

They could face a 2,500 euro court fine or six months in jail.

Commissioner Harris says the Gardaí will continue to take a community policing approach.

People traveling to holiday homes and are stopped by Gardai will be told to return home.

Thousands of checkpoints will be in place nationwide from now until midnight on Monday, to ensure people are not making non-essential journeys.

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