The marshals, who reportedly could earn salaries of up to £30,000, are being created to help enforce the tightened social distancing rules.
Boris Johnson outlined plans for a new taskforce of ” Covid-19 Secure Marshals” in Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing, with gatherings of six people set to be banned in England from Monday.
Marshals have already been out in Cornwall since July with a team of hi-vis wearing enforcers a presence in town and city centres to ensure locals are “respecting social distancing”
England’s first Covid marshals have been busy hitting the streets – but were seen not wearing masks inside shops.
But photos taken when the Cornwall team first hit the streets show a member of the team giving guidance to local businesses inside – while not wearing a mask.
The plans have already been in place in Cornwall since July with a team of hi-vis wearing enforcers being a presence in town and city centres to ensure locals are “respecting social distancing”.
One marshall, called Dan, said people give him a thumbs up in his new role.
Have been told to hand out fines of up to £100 to anyone who doesn’t follow the new government rules.
Face coverings became compulsory for customers in enclosed public spaces three days after the footage was recorded – although their use was still widespread at that stage.
He said: “I especially like helping reassure some of our older residents.
Street wardens would be the “ideal” candidates to create the army of new “Covid marshals”, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed on Thursday.
“So far, most visitors have been really co-operative and do their best to follow the guidelines and respect social distancing.”
“I’ve got to know the local businesses and it’s great to know they’re all really keen to do what they can to make their customers and staff feel comfortable.
But the plans have been ruthlessly mocked on social media with hilarious memes offering potential candidates for the “busybody”role.