Gardaí In Tralee Remind Public That ‘Trick Or Treating’ Not Permitted This Halloween

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GARDAI in Tralee are encouraging parents to have a discussion with their children to explain why they can’t go out trick or treating this weekend, while extra gardaí will be on patrol this Saturday night to curb any anti-social behaviour.

Community Policing Officer, Garda Mary Gardiner, acknowledged that young children would be disappointed, but trick or treating and calling to other people’s houses is not allowed under Level 5 Restrictions.

She also said bonfires are not permitted as it encourages people to gather and can cause criminal damage resulting in extra pressure on the emergency services.

Garda Gardiner said gatherings of young people on the streets and in estates is not permitted under Level 5 restrictions and encouraged parents to know where their children are on Saturday night.

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While most young people enjoy Halloween safely and responsibly every year, it’s also a time when some use it as a opportunity to engage in anti-social behaviour.

Garda Gardiner said extra gardaí would be out on patrol and extra vehicles on the road on this Saturday night to respond to any complaints and to ensure public health guidelines will be adhered to.

Garda Gardiner said if we all make an effort by sacrificing the Halloween socialising and being complaint over the next number of weeks, then it will be worth it if we can get the numbers down so we can all enjoy a safer Christmas with fewer restrictions on socialising.

People can use the ‘See Something, Say Something’ service to report crime, anti-social behaviour or gatherings of youths by texting TRALEE and the incident to 50555.

Meanwhile, speaking at the daily press briefing on COVID-19 at the Department of Health on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, said normal Halloween celebrations would not be possible this year due to Level 5 Restrictions.

“I don’t think unfortunately that the disease transmission levels now that we are experiencing are at a level where we can start saying we can set aside some of that advice and guidance notwithstanding the fact that it is Halloween,” he said.

“The kind of mixing that that would go on is social settings that we are all familiar with at Halloween time – visiting one anothers houses, gathering together in the evening time for the kind of celebrations that we all miss – these things are just not going to be possible this year I’m afraid.”

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