Three people were fined € 100 each after being caught breaking lockdown restrictions while driving 80 km from their homes to pick up hamburgers to go.
Hungry travelers have made all the way from Meath to pick up the delicious treats at a restaurant in Dublin 4.
The driver and two passengers were pulled over by warden on Sean Moore Road in Ringsend last week and given fixed penalty notices for exceeding the 5 km travel limit.
Gardai has taken to the streets in recent days to enforce current COVID-19 restrictions that ban people from making non-essential trips more than 3 miles from their homes.
Meanwhile, six people have been fined after four of them were seen leaving a gymnasium in north County Dublin.
A garda spokesperson said: “Further examination involved speaking with two gym instructors who claimed to work out from the gym as there was no internet at home to conduct online sessions. – 6 FPNs issued. “
All gyms are closed under current level 5 restrictions.
A total of 29 FPNs were issued this week and Gardai will conduct high visibility patrols again this weekend as part of Operation Fanacht.
People have also been advised to avoid busy public areas and their cars could be towed if they illegally park at such amenities.
Wicklow Gardai issued more than 50 flat charge notices for illegal parking and unsafe parking over the past weekend, while a number of cars obstructing emergency vehicle access were towed away.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey urged people to stay home this weekend to protect themselves and help struggling healthcare workers as COVID-19 hospital admissions continue to skyrocket.
He said: “Our health service is under pressure. Deaths from COVID-19 are on the rise. Intensive care admissions are increasing.
“The best way for people to protect and honor frontline workers is to stay at home.
“The best way for people to protect their loved ones, their neighbors and their communities is to stay at home.”
“Please only take essential trips. Exercise within 3 miles of your home. Minimize the number of people you meet.
“Wear a face mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands. If you’re going to a place to exercise and it’s crowded, go. All of this will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives. “