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Checkpoint: Gardaí on the N11 at Bray. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Checkpoint: Gardaí on the N11 at Bray. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Checkpoint: Gardaí on the N11 at Bray. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Shoppers wanting to go to their favourite stores were testing the patience of gardaí at Covid-19 checkpoints as efforts continued to persuade members of the public to stay at home to stop the spread of the virus.

More than 600 checkpoints are being manned by gardaí across the country over Easter to persuade the public not to travel outside the 2km restriction zone from their homes, unless they are in the exempt categories of motorists.

Major 24-hour checkpoints were set up on motorways and main arterial routes out of Dublin, and checkpoints were also implemented all over the country, with a particular focus on those leading to seaside resorts or beauty spots.