The Government has published legislation detailing fines for people who hold house parties during the pandemic.
In the case of a first offence, somebody found guilty would be subject to a fine not exceeding €1,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both.
In the case of a second offence somebody found guilty could be subject to a fine of €1,500 or imprisonment of up to three months.
For a third or subsequent offence there would be a fine of up to €2,500 or imprisonment of up to six months.
The legislation also states that the occupier of a home where an alleged offence occurred will be presumed to be the “event organiser”.
People on their way to a house party or gathering and who refuse to leave the area in a peaceful manner when requested to do so by gardaí could face a fine of up to €1,000 or a one month prison term.
The legislation also makes a provision for a fixed penalty of up to €500 for certain offences.