Richmondshire District Council is increasing its patrols of Richmond Batts and the Falls in a bid to tackle increased problems of litter.
The beauty spot attracted large numbers of visitors on Wednesday.
“Not only were there significant concerns that social distancing rules were clearly not being observed but these groups of people left behind mounds of litter,” said corporate director, Colin Dales.
“Our waste team has to go in and remove the litter and clean the area up. This eats up valuable capacity which diverts us from doing other important work.
“The ramping up patrols at the Batts will mean anyone seen littering being issued with a fine.
“We want this area to be safe for everyone to enjoy – local residents and visitors alike, but we urge people to think of each other and observe the current restrictions as we battle to beat coronavirus – be alert and considerate
“If this anti-social behaviour persists we may need to consider further and wider restrictions in the area which we want to avoid if at all possible – it will be a real shame if the behaviour of an inconsiderate few reduces access for the considerate majority.” [kofi]