University of Limerick to increase Garda presence and fines in Covid crackdown

There will be an increased policing presence in the University of Limerick vicinity over the coming days following increased reports of public gatherings taking place.

More Gardai will be on patrol in the private housing estates surrounding the university in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

On the spot fines between €100 and €500 will also be issued to anyone found breaching public health guidelines.

A €100 fine can be issued for anyone leaving their home without a reasonable excuse, while a €500 fine can be issued to anyone arranging an event such as a house party, and €150 fines can be issued to anyone attending a house party. 

In an email this afternoon, President of UL, Professor Kerstin Mey said: “There is huge disappointment among both staff and students about the report on national radio yesterday evening. UL students were interviewed admitting mixing with other households, reinforcing a growing public concern that our student body is acting irresponsibly and spreading the virus.

“To the minority who still believe there is no harm in continuing to gather – you are endangering yourselves, your friends, your families, your community and your university.”

Students are urged to take advantage of free on-campus testing this weekend. Students should register online and do not need to present any symptoms to avail of the service.

Students who availed of mass testing earlier this month are being encouraged to register again for a second test, as infection since being tested is still possible.

Professor Mey added: “Please do not let your guard down. We are still in the middle of this and while there is pandemic fatigue, we need you all to abide by the public health restrictions.”

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