COVID Complaints Close Limerick Business

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A Limerick business has been forced to close following complaints regarding breaches of COVID regulations.

Acting on complaints from members of the public, Gardaí attended the non-retail business on Sunday. Video of the incident was shared on social media platforms.

A spokesperson for the Gardaí said they had received reports of a failure to comply with COVID regulations and guidelines at the business's premises.

"Gardaí attended and spoke with the owner in line with the approach of the Four Es which will see Gardaí engage, explain, encourage, and as a last resort, enforce. Following this engagement the business premises closed," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson re-emphasised the onus on businesses to ensure they create safe environments for employees and customers.

"An Garda Síochána continues to engage with businesses to check and ensure compliance with Public Health Regulations," they said. "It is the responsibility of each business operator to ensure that they are operating in compliance with the current Public Health Regulations."

In closing the business, Gardaí invoked a regulation under the Health Act which applies to bowling alleys, amusement arcades, soft play areas and other indoor children’s play areas.

The Garda spokesperson reminded the wider public of their responsibilities regarding COVID regulations.

"The Covid-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in order to continue to save lives."

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