A police chief has asked residents and visitors to Dorset to act “responsibly” as the county prepares for a surge in visitors this weekend.
It comes as lockdown restrictions ease and the hospitality industry reopens on Saturday.
Last week BCP Council declared a major incident after its services were stretched by thousands of people heading to Bournemouth’s beaches.
Chief Constable James Vaughan said bad behaviour would not be tolerated.
During one day last week an estimated 500,000 people visited the Bournemouth and Poole area.
Mr Vaughan described the scenes as “extraordinary and of significant concern”.
BCP Council said its services had been stretched by excessive waste and traffic and there had been a number of incidents involving fights and excessive alcohol.
Mr Vaughan said: “Everyone, whether you are a visitor or a resident, has a duty to act responsibly and not to become involved in drink related anti-social behaviour or leave your rubbish to litter our beautiful region.
“Just because we are coming out of lockdown it is not an excuse to drink irresponsibly, fight or act in a way likely to bring harm to yourself and others.
“It will not be tolerated and police will take proactive action to deal with this kind of unacceptable behaviour.”
The force said it was expecting “to see a considerable increase” in demand for the police this weekend and it would be increasing patrols, particularly in Weymouth and Bournemouth.
Mr Vaughan added: “If you are coming to Dorset, we welcome you as a responsible citizen, but please be aware Covid-19 has not gone away.
“Social distancing still needs to be observed and everyone must play their part to prevent the virus spreading and not bring further misery upon our communities.”