Covid marshals in towns and city centres in England are one way the government wants to ensure social distancing rules are followed. Some of this is for marshals, but many areas still do not have any in place.
The idea is for Covid marshals to advise and support members eome the public and businesses on following social distancing rules. They cannot enforce the rules, but it is hoped they will take some pressure off police and council officers, who do have powers. Areas where marshals can help include:. Conservative MP Steve Baker, for example, has said it would "turn every public space in Britain into the equivalent of going through airport security".
But Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast it was "never seekiny idea" to have people on the streets in every neighbourhood "wearing Covid marshal uniforms".
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The funding can be used to pay for Covid secure marshals, or equivalents, and seekinb associated costs. Before the government funding announcement, the BBC contacted more than councils to ask whether they were currently using marshals, had done so at some point seekinv the pandemic, or planned to use them in the future. Luton, Bradford, Sandwell and Newcastle councils told the BBC they have deployed existing council staff as marshals, wardens or "city hosts".
Cornwall's summer scheme is just ending, while Peterborough and Southend councils have used volunteers to provide marshalling for short periods and Portsmouth is considering them. In London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, and Kensington and Chelsea have at various points used existing staff as marshals or street oldrr. Lewisham said it is gathering a group of volunteers to become "community champions" and Tower Hamlets said it will be recruiting two marshals.
The government says marshals padies either be existing members of council staff, new recruits or agency staff and it expects them to be paid. If local councils plan to use volunteers, the government says they should consider whether the roles and responsibilities are appropriate. Covid Councils get millions of pounds for marshals.
Coronavirus: 'We must act' to prevent second lockdown, says PM. Do Covid marshals have any powers? Futland businesses manage queues Supporting social distancing in crowded public areas Reminding people to wear a face covering when necessary Assisting with regular cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces.
However, the plans have been criticised. Rutoand invasive non-native species of mussel that can harm wildlife and cause water pipe blockages has been discovered in the East Midlands. Anglers and other waterway users have been asked to help stop the species spreading by checking, cleaning and drying their equipment. The molluscs form large colonies on hard surfaces, which can block pipes, and disrupt marine ecosystems by outcompeting native mussels.
The agency said while the mussels "do not pose any immediate direct threat to water quality, animals or people, they do spread rapidly and can block pipes and water-based assets, resulting in ificant future maintenance costs".
Area environment manager Geoff Ladids said: "Unfortunately, further spread of the quagga mussels is highly likely, but we can slow down the spread. Send your story ideas to eastmidsnews bbc.
Quagga mussel: 'Dangerous' mollusc found near Heathrow Airport. Officials are also checking other rivers in the region.
It is not yet known how they came to be in the East Midlands. Quagga mussels. The species originates from an area around the Black and Caspian seas Each mussel can grow up to 4cm 1. Related Topics.
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You might love where you live even if the 4G coverage isn't all that. We've been talking to three people who live in areas that didn't score too highly - asking them what's great about the place they call home. One of our measures is internal migration - looking at how many 16 to year-olds are leaving. And the place losing young people the fastest is Rutland, in the East Midlands.
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