Gardaí have began patrolling popular walking routes in Kerry in a bid to enforce the 5km travel restriction rule currently in place as part of lock-down.
ast week a man was stopped at the foot of Caurantoohil by Killorglin Gardaí on patrol close to the popular walking spot. The man was stopped last Friday, outside of his 5km limit, heading to climb the mountain, during heavy snow conditions and without proper equipment. He was fined for breaking restrictions.
It’s one example of how Gardaí have continued to clamp-down in recent days in a bid to tackle congestion at popular walking routes in the county. There has been ongoing traffic jams at many locations and, given the volume of traffic, many are breaking the 5km rule to reach such destinations. Surfers and cyclists are among those who have been fined for breaching rules.
However, Garda management will not give a full break-down of fines issued in Kerry in recent weeks. Figures are only available for the southern region which includes Cork, Kerry and Limerick – 211 fines for breaching Covid-19 restrictions have been issued up until last Friday. A more up-to-date figure is not available.
Meanwhile, Gardaí have also issued a warning about a nation-wide scam in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. In recent days, Gardaí in Kerry have become aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccination. The text messages have made requests for people to confirm private and sensitive information such as PPS number, date of birth and address.
Other people have received phone calls requesting they make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a random hospital. But the HSE will never text or call individuals requesting personal information and they will never request payment for a Covid test or Vaccine.
Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination or Covid testing.
The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately.