Measures at the border will also be stepped up to monitor quarantine rules.
Boris Johnson outlined the new taskforce in today’s coronavirus briefing, with gatherings of six people set to be banned in England from Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the marshals will “boost the local enforcement capacity of local authorities”. The announcement comes as a series of new measures are introduced
“We will simplify the passenger locator form needed for travelling to the UK and take measures to ensure these are completed and checked before departure.
The government will recruit “Covid-19 Secure Marshals” to enforce social distancing measures, the Prime Minister has announced.
The PM said: “We will boost the local enforcement capacity of local authorities by introducing Covid-secure marshals to help ensure social distancing in town and city centres, and by setting up a register of environmental health officers that local authorities can draw upon for support.
However, the numbers are far more stark for young people.
In the past week, the UK’s infection rate has risen from 12.5 cases per 100,000 people to around 19.7 per 100,000.
“Border Force will step up enforcement efforts at the border to ensure arrivals are complying with the quarantine rules.”
Among 17 and 18 year olds, there are now approximately 48.1 cases per 100,000 people.
Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “Now we can see this spreading across the whole country.
And among 20 to 29 year olds, there are roughly 41.6 cases per 100,000.
In 19 to 21 year olds, there are around 54,5 cases per 100,000.
“This is not just in a very small number of places, this is across the country. And that is the reason why we need to go on to act.”
He added: ”I’m sorry that we must take this step but as your Prime Minister I must do everything I can to stop the virus and save lives.”
Johnson admitted that social distancing rules had become too complicated.