Covid Marshals on patrol in Richmond
Richmond Council has received £75k from the Government to recruit marshals, aimed at helping support people in local town centres to continue to adhere to the Covid19 rules.
The aim of the marshals is to boost the local enforcement capacity and help slow the spread of Coronavirus. Whilst they do not have enforcement powers, they will be helping to remind people to follow the rules e.g. wear face coverings and social distancing.
The COVID marshals will:
• Undertake walks within areas of high footfall, including transport hubs e.g. outside rail and bus stations, in order to help reinforce the importance of adhering to COVID 19 regulations and provide information, guidance and reassurance.
• Visit premises and delivering COVID compliance advice positively, documenting any findings and highlighting any concerns to the Regulatory Services Teams Environmental Protection Team
• Answering queries from residents and businesses regarding COVID 19 regulations and giving advice
Across London the Police have increased their patrols to ensure people are complying, especially in high risk areas.
The Council can use enforcement officers, such as environmental health and licensing officers, to explain and encourage businesses and communities to follow guidelines. These officers also carry out inspections and can take enforcement action for non-compliance.