"COVID-secure marshals" are set to be on streets across England to enforce the Government's new rule of six.

During yesterday afternoons press conference Boris Johnson announced that gatherings of more than six people indoors and outdoors would be banned from Monday.

The new rule will apply to people meeting in homes, venues and public spaces such as parks.

Mr Johnson said new marshals would be sent out to make sure people are keeping a distance of at least 2metres from those outside their household and are in a group no larger than six.

“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.”

But what is will a COVID-secure marshal do?

We looked at the jobs advertised to see what is required on the job.

Each job advertised had a slightly different set of responsibilities, here is a round up of the most common ones.

Job responsibilities:

  • Enforcement of Social Distancing
  • Carry out daily temperature checks
  • Monitoring numbers in canteen and smoking areas ensuring social distancing.
  • Ensure correct and adequate signage is in place.
  • Daily checks of hand sanitizer, fill up bottles as required, and order new supplies.
  • Site clearance (hoovering, mopping, wiping down
  • Conduct queue management


The jobs advertised between £11.05 to £12.50 per hour.

What powers do they have?

They can explain the rules, such as wearing a face mask on public transport.

They can also alert the police, but they cannot fine people.

Failure to stick to the new rules could mean a £100 fine, which will double with every subsequent offence up to £3,200.

More Covid marshal jobs are likely to become available in the upcoming weeks as local authorities open applications.