He warned that “Covid Secure Marshals” would be tasked with checking up on pubs and restaurants while they could dole out fines if social distancing rules are not being followed.
The Prime Minister has vowed to strengthen enforcement on the new rules, which say people can not meet in groups of more than six people from Monday (September 14).
Among the candidates to be Covid marshals were Gareth Keenan from the Office and The Simpson’s Ned Flanders following Boris Johnson’s plan to enforce tough new coronavirus lockdown measures
Boris Johnson’s plan to police the tough new lockdown with “Covid marshals” has been mocked on social media with hilarious memes offering potential candidates for the “busybody”role.
The Simpsons’ character Ned Flanders, Gareth Keenan from The Office and Keeping Up Appearances’ Hyacinth Bucket were all put forward as perfect applicants for snooping on their fellow members of the public.
But Twitter users do not buy into the scheme with the word “marshals” trending in the UK along with a series of funny memes.
Another uploaded a picture of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights’ character Keith Lard with the caption: “You can just imagine the sort of people who’ll be signing up to be a Covid marshall.”
One Twitter user raged: “What power will these Covid marshals have? They sound like a modern-day Stasi that have no place in our society.”
“We will boost the enforcement capacity of local authorities by introducing Covid Secure Marshals to help ensure social distancing in town and city centres.”
Mr Johnson said: “Fines will be levied against the hospitality venues that fail to ensure their premises remain Covid secure.
The marshals will patrol parks, shopping centres, train stations and any other areas where people are likely to gather in large numbers.
Recently retired environmental health officers will also be drafted in to help enforce the regulations.
The six person limit is a dramatic reduction on the 30 put in place on July 4.
It was made in response to a dramatic increase in the coronavirus infection rate in recent days.
Anyone found breaking the new rules can be fined £100 by police, which will double on each new offence up to a maximum of £3,200.
But many are unsure whether tasking Covid marshals with enforce the changes is the right way to go.