Starting next Thursday, home parties in Ireland will become illegal, with a penalty of six months in jail and up to 2,500 euros, in order to stop the Covid-19 pandemic.
This Wednesday, the Government of Dublin presented a bill that is expected to be endorsed by the Lower House and to which the opposition has given its support, after decreeing, last Monday, the maximum alert of the plan against the coronavirus.
So far and since the beginning of the pandemic, all restrictions imposed in Ireland they have been voluntary. However, the Executive has understood these measures as insufficient and, therefore, has hardened its position to stop the second wave.
Thus, the first offense for organizing a party at home during the high alert will be punishable by a fine of up to 1,000 euros or a jail term not exceeding three months, or both. For the second offense, the fine can go up to 1,500 euros or a maximum of three months in jail, while for the following offenses they would be imposed up to 2,500 euros or up to six months in prison.
In this way, anyone who occupies the house where an illegal party is held will be considered as the “event organizer or organizers”. In turn, those who are on the way to a celebration of this type or are already in it and refuse to leave the area “peacefully”, will be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 euros or a month in jail.
The new law also contemplates “fixed fines” of 500 euros for those who violate other restrictions such as refusing to wear the mask in public transport and shops, or exceeding the five-kilometer distance limit imposed in the confinement. Although, within that area, citizens can exercise and meet with members of another family unit, but they can only leave it to work, study or for “other essential purposes.”