The Garda Commissioner says people who made it to their holiday homes must now remain there during the COVID19 restrictions.
New powers that allow Gardaí to enforce coronavirus restrictions are now in effect.
They are now able to arrest people who refuse to comply.
They could face a €2,500 court fine or six months in jail.
People traveling to holiday homes and are stopped by Gardai will be told to return home.
But Commissioner Harris has a warning for those who have already made it to their destination.
“If you are at a holiday home now, you need to stay there. That is now your place of residence."
Harris also issued a warning to those considering making their way to their holiday home for the weekend “If you are thinking of travelling there, don’t. That is not an essential journey […] we will be able to turn you back.”
Thousands of checkpoints will be in place nationwide from now until midnight on Monday, to ensure people are not making non-essential journeys.
*Reporting by Kacey O'Riordan