Health Minister Simon Harris signed the measures into force last night.
The Justice Minister says there won't be a change of emphasis in how Gardai enforce restrictions because of new powers enacted today.
Health Minister Simon Harris signed the measures into force last night, meaning gardai can issue a €2,500 fine as well as a six-month jail sentence to repeat offenders.
Public Health officials are advising against complacency during the bank holiday weekend, 24 hours after Ireland suffered it's highest number of Covid-19 deaths so far.
Laois Offaly TD and Minister Charlie Flanagan wants the powers to be used minimally: