Major An Garda Síochána operation launched to support public compliance

An Garda Síochána have commenced a major policing operation across the north west focused on supporting public compliance with public health measures over this weekend.


Following the recent announcements by An Taoiseach of the necessity for people to undertake a range of public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, there will be high visibility patrolling by Garda members across the counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal during the weekend.


The focus of this activity will be on encouraging people to adhere to public health measures as announced by An Taoiseach.


The policing operation will continue until 7am on Monday morning (March 30) and will involve thousands of Gardaí on foot, bike and mobile patrols.


While An Garda Síochána will seek to encourage people to maintain the necessary public health measures, it will intervene where venues/ outlets are not in compliance or where groups of people are not adhering to recommended measures.


However, the presence of large crowds in any one area reduces the effective impact of social distancing.


Gardai are asking people and families to continue to be responsible and  not to attend popular locations for overly long periods and where the numbers of persons starts to increase at any location to leave such areas.