Covid-secure marshals will be a crucial element to help enforce new rules about social interaction being introduced on Monday, September 14. But if you fancy getting a job as covid-secure marshal how can you find these employment opportunities?
What is a “covid marshal”?
Covid-secure marshals were discussed during Mr Johnson’s speech on Wednesday.
These individuals are a key part of the Government’s aim to enforce social distancing, mask-wearing and other measures aimed at cutting the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Covid-secure marshals would help Prime Minister Boris Johnson ensure stricter enforcement of the current rule related to coronavirus.
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The PM vowed to strength enforcement on people flouting the rules, such as the new rule making more than six people meeting illegal from September 14.
He said: “I also want to see – and the public wants to see – stronger enforcement of the rules which are already in place.
“So I’ve have tasked the Cabinet with increasing enforcement and I would like to thank the police, as always, and other authorities for the work they are doing to keep us all safe.”
Mr Johnson added: “We will boost the 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.”
What powers will the PM’s army of covid-secure marshals have?
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “We are encouraging the introduction of Covid-secure marshals to help support our high streets and public spaces, making sure that people feel safe to enjoy them.”
Covid-secure marshals will be introduced to improve the enforcement capacity of local authorities.
Some councils across England have already employed covid-secure marshals who visit busy areas and provide advice to those who are not social distancing.
These marshals provide explanations about the rules, such as mask-wearing advice on buses, the London Underground and trains.
Marshals are not permitted to issue fines, but can alert the police to instances where harsher enforcement is required.
The implementation of these marshals is aimed at addressing concerns that police are overburdened by the demands of enforcing social distancing, as well as the confusion around how rules are enforced to different degrees in various situations.
Police can arrest persistent rule-breakers if needed, as well as issuing fines up to £3,200.
Recently retired environmental health officers will be drafted in to enforce legislation at pubs and restaurants, as well as ensuring publicans are collecting details of all customers in keeping with the requirements for the test and trace system.
Marshals will patrol parks, shopping centres, train stations and other populated places were masses may gather.
How to get a job as a covid-secure marshal
Covid-secure marshal job openings are being advertised on several job websites.
Each job advertised had a slightly different set of responsibilities, but generally they are required to undertake the following tasks:
- Enforce social distancing
- Conduct daily temperature checks
- Monitor numbers in food and smoking areas to ensure social distancing
- Ensure signage is visible and correctly positioned
- Check hand sanitiser bottles
- Clear sites
- Manage queues
- Explain coronavirus restrictions in detail to people
- Call the police to situations where severe enforcement methods are required.
Generally, these roles tend to be paid between £11.05 and £12.50 per hour and are available across the country.