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Nationwide policing plan in place over weekend to support coronavirus guidelines

The initiative came into effect on Friday morning at 7am and will run until midnight on Sunday.

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Gardai have launched a nationwide plan for the weekend to support Covid-19 public health guidelines (Brian Lawless/PA)

Gardai have launched a nationwide plan for the weekend to support Covid-19 public health guidelines (Brian Lawless/PA)

Gardai have launched a nationwide plan for the weekend to support Covid-19 public health guidelines (Brian Lawless/PA)

The Garda has launched a nationwide policing plan for the weekend to support Covid-19 public health guidelines.

It will focus on supporting the vulnerable and crime prevention.

The plan came into effect on Friday morning at 7am and will run until midnight on Sunday.

Gardai said the plan will supplement Operation Fanacht and Operation Navigation, which involve checkpoints on the country’s main roads and checks on the compliance of licensed premises.

If people need such assistance or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station. We are here to helpJohn Twomey, Garda Deputy Commissioner

Crime prevention patrols will be increased nationwide, particularly at locations such as public amenities, parks, and natural beauty spots.

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said community gardai would be working with individuals, agencies and local businesses to assist and protect the most vulnerable.

“Since the start of the pandemic, Garda members throughout the country have being helping the vulnerable and those who feel isolated,” he said.

“This involved simple but important tasks, such as collecting their prescription, delivering their pension, or even socially-distanced contact.

“If people need such assistance or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station. We are here to help.”

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