Police Scotland have issued over nearly 400 fixed penalty notices (FPN) over the past week between the Perth and Kinross and Dundee area.
Over the last week, the issued 449 fixed penalty notices, moved on 841 people and made 22 COVID related arrests.
Now, over the weekend, Tayside police will be stepping up it’s enforcement of the ‘stay local’ guidelines.
A spokesperson for Tayside Police said: “Officers throughout Perth and Kinross will be patrolling at beauty spots and public parks over the weekend to ensure the safety of the public and to provide advice around the coronavirus regulations.
“We ask everyone to continue to comply with these, and to be respectful of others in the area in terms of social distancing, anti-social behaviour and littering.”
Out of the 841 people asked to move on, 41 people were told to leave over the Easter weekend after coming into Perth and Kinross from outside the council area.
And of the 449 FPNs issued, 29 were issued in Perth and Kinross with another 25 given out to drivers who ignored clearway orders that prohibit parking on rural lanes.
A spokesperson for the Perth and Kinross Council said: “We might be easing out of lockdown but the advice remains to Stay Local and limit the number of people you meet.
“This will help prevent the spread of coronavirus and help us out of lockdown faster.
“The restrictions on the number of adults that can meet outside is still just four from two households (plus any children under 12) and you can only travel outside your local authority area for essential purposes.
“If you do live in Perth and Kinross and are heading out to the countryside this weekend, remember to follow FACTS and park sensibly.”
Reports of large gatherings of children are also making enforcement of the rules more difficult for the authorities.
A spokesperson for Tayside Police added: “We are working closely with partners and Perth and Kinross Council to make sure young people are as safe as possible, but we still need support from parents and carers.
“Please be mindful about where your children are, and who they are with when they are not at home, and educate them in relation to alcohol and risks involved. Make sure you can contact them if needed.
“Our approach throughout the pandemic has been to engage with the public, explain the legislation and encourage compliance, but we will not hesitate to use our enforcement powers as a last resort.”