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Social media users ridicule Boris Johnson's army of "Covid Marshals"


An army of marshals will be sent to cities across the country to enforce new virus laws, the prime minister announced.

They will break up groups of more than six people in the city centers and alert the police if fines are due.

Recently retired environmental health officials are also being drafted to enforce legislation in pubs and restaurants.

They help enforce social distancing rules and ensure that all customer contact details are recorded for the test and trace system.

The marshals will patrol parks, shopping malls, train stations and other areas where more people are likely to congregate, Boris Johnson said at the news conference on Wednesday.

He said: "We will strengthen the local enforcement capacity of local authorities by introducing Covid-safe marshals to ensure social distancing in cities and town centers, and by creating a register of environmental health officers that local authorities can use for assistance . & # 39;

Boris Johnson announced today a team of "Covid-Safe Marshals" to help enforce new rules for social gatherings

Some councils already have marshals who go to busy areas and offer advice when people are not socially distant.

They also explain the rules of how to wear a face mask on public transport.

You can't punish people, but you can call the police. The move addresses concerns that police have had difficulty enforcing socially distant rules because they were applied differently in different circumstances.

The police have the power to arrest violators if necessary and impose a £ 100 fine, which then doubles to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense.

The Local Government Association welcomed the move but called for more clarity on the role of marshals, while social media users suggested creating an army of power-hungry snoopers.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan, chairman of the Safer and Stronger Communities Board of the Local Government Association, said, “The councils continue to work tirelessly to assist communities through this pandemic and ensure they are prepared for the threat of a possible second wave.

“Most hotel companies are working hard, supported by the councils, to make sure they are complying with the COVID-19 rules. However, some business premises do not collect customer contact details so they can be reached in the event of a local outbreak.

“This is clearly a threat to communities and a risk of infection for people. It is therefore good that this will become compulsory, as the Councils have called for.

“While most companies are taking the necessary steps to protect people's safety, we are pleased that the government has also responded to the LGA's demands that councils have the power to take action when rules are violated.

“These measures mean that they can act quickly and proactively against entities that violate the COVID-19 guidelines to avoid problems rather than only being able to act when it's too late.

& # 39; We need more details on how the government's COVID-19 Secure Marshal program is going to work quickly, and all new responsibilities for the councils in this area need to be fully funded.

"Given the lack of environmental health officers, it is positive that the government has committed to a register of EHOs and the LGA will continue discussions to move this forward."

However, on Twitter dozens of people mocked the idea and described them as "the worst kind of busybodies".

In a series of memes, users compared the Marshals to popular TV characters like Keith Lard from Phoenix Nights, The Simpsons & # 39; Chief Wiggum, and Gareth Keenan from The Office.

In a series of memes, social media users compared the Covid marshals to popular TV characters like Keith Lard from Phoenix Nights

In a series of memes, social media users compared the Covid marshals to popular TV characters like Keith Lard from Phoenix Nights

Gareth Keenan, assistant to the regional manager in the office, was also suggested as someone the marshals might be modeled after

Gareth Keenan, assistant to the regional manager in the office, was also suggested as someone the marshals might be modeled after

The Simpsons' jiggling cop Chief Wiggum was another character that social media users made fun of

The Simpsons' jiggling cop Chief Wiggum was another character that social media users made fun of

NEW LOCKDOWN RULES FOR ENGLAND FROM MONDAY

  • Max social gatherings SIX PEOPLE
  • Applies indoors and outdoors
  • Applies in private homes
  • Applies in pubs and restaurants
  • Does NOT apply to schools or workplaces
  • Does NOT apply to weddings, funerals, team sports
  • Does NOT apply if household bubbles are larger than six people
  • Police will be asked to break up larger groups and impose £ 100 fines which will then double to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense

Regarding the six person rule, Mr. Johnson added, “This applies in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub.

"The ban is set by law and enforced by the police. Anyone who breaks the rules can be disbanded, fined, and possibly arrested."

“This single measure replaces both the existing ban on gatherings of more than 30 people and the current guidelines to allow two households to meet indoors. Now all you have to do is remember the rule of six. & # 39;

The Prime Minister also warned that the draconian new restrictions could last for months – when Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty pointed a finger at Generation Z for triggering spikes in some cases.

The Prime Minister signaled that the “six point limit” for the number of people who can socialize together will remain in place for some time after the party sparked a sharp rise among the younger generation.

He said the surge in infections over the past week left him no choice but to tighten the lockdown across England for the first time since March.

The limit – sparked by concerns that partying young people would spark a flare-up – is a dramatic reduction from the July 4th maximum of 30.

Those who break the rules can expect a fine of £ 100 from the police, which doubles to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense. The marshals of Covid were also introduced to improve the enforcement capacity of local authorities.

Aside from a vaccine, Mr Johnson said the only other way out before Christmas would be a "moon shot" of introducing daily mass testing for everyone, but admitted that "it all has to come together".

In a direct appeal to young people, Mr Johnson said they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.

Social media users suggested that Scary Movie’s Special Officer Doofy was a fit for the job

Social media users suggested that Scary Movie’s Special Officer Doofy was a fit for the job

Others pointed to Boris Johnson's infamous rugby tackle in a charity soccer game

Others pointed to Boris Johnson's infamous rugby tackle in a charity soccer game

David Walliams' character from Come Fly With Me met the description of many others

David Walliams' character from Come Fly With Me met the description of many others

Special labor will be introduced to ensure social distancing in the city and city center

Special labor will be introduced to ensure social distancing in the city and city center

Others were puzzled by the very idea of ​​a Covid Marshal, as first revealed today

Others were puzzled by the very idea of ​​a Covid Marshal, as first revealed today

This user imagined the marshals as enthusiastically reporting groups of seven people

This user imagined the marshals as enthusiastically reporting groups of seven people

The Prime Minister signaled that the “six point limit” for the number of people who can socialize together will remain in place for some time after the party sparked a sharp rise among the younger generation

The Prime Minister signaled that the “six point limit” for the number of people who can socialize together will remain in place for some time after the party sparked a sharp rise among the younger generation

He said the surge in infections over the past week left him no choice but to tighten the lockdown across England for the first time since March

He said the surge in infections over the past week left him no choice but to tighten the lockdown across England for the first time since March

The limit - sparked by concerns that partying young people would spark a flare-up - is a dramatic reduction from the July 4th maximum of 30

The limit – sparked by concerns that partying young people would spark a flare-up – is a dramatic reduction from the July 4th maximum of 30

Those who break the rules can expect a fine of £ 100 from the police, which doubles to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense

Those who break the rules can expect a fine of £ 100 from the police, which doubles to £ 3,200 for each repeat offense

Covid marshals have also been introduced to improve the enforcement capacity of local authorities

Covid marshals have also been introduced to improve the enforcement capacity of local authorities

Aside from a vaccine, Mr Johnson said the only other way out before Christmas would be a "moon shot" of introducing daily mass testing for everyone, but admitted that "it all has to come together".

Aside from a vaccine, Mr Johnson said the only other way out before Christmas would be a "moon shot" of introducing daily mass testing for everyone, but admitted that "it all has to come together".

In a direct appeal to young people, Mr Johnson said they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.

In a direct appeal to young people, Mr Johnson said they should consider their behavior "for the good of your parents" and the health of your grandparents.

Prof. Whitty said the number of coronavirus cases has increased "much faster" in the past few days. While the numbers remained "flat" in older people and children, there were "rapid upward movements" in other age groups.

Prof. Whitty said the number of coronavirus cases has increased "much faster" in the past few days. While the numbers remained "flat" in older people and children, there were "rapid upward movements" in other age groups.

He said the numbers for 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had "really increased quite steeply" since mid-August

He said the numbers for 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had "really increased quite steeply" since mid-August

A particularly smug Ned Flanders from The Simpsons matched this user's idea of ​​a Covid Marshal

A particularly smug Ned Flanders from The Simpsons matched this user's idea of ​​a Covid Marshal

Gareth Keenan from the office was a popular point of reference for those who poked fun at the idea

Gareth Keenan from the office was a popular point of reference for those who poked fun at the idea

Prof. Whitty said data suggests that, without action, the UK would be on an "extremely similar" path to France, where the numbers have continued to rise - and warned the situation would likely be dangerous by spring

Prof. Whitty said data suggests that, without action, the UK would be on an "extremely similar" path to France, where the numbers have continued to rise – and warned the situation would likely be dangerous by spring

Government sources were gloomy about a "difficult six months". An official warned that this was not a "few weeks and we'll be back to where we were" scenario and said the R-number was "well above one".

Government sources were gloomy about a "difficult six months". An official warned that this was not a "few weeks and we'll be back to where we were" scenario and said the R-number was "well above one".

Mr Johnson said he was "sorry" that larger households couldn't meet because they were above the six-person threshold

Mr Johnson said he was "sorry" that larger households couldn't meet because they were above the six-person threshold

A disaffected Sir Keir Starmer was also installed in response to the Prime Minister's announcement

A disaffected Sir Keir Starmer was also installed in response to the Prime Minister's announcement

Prof. Whitty said the number of coronavirus cases has increased "much faster" in the past few days. While the numbers remained "flat" in older people and children, there were "rapid upward movements" in other age groups.

He said the numbers for 17 to 18 year olds and 19 to 21 year olds had "really increased quite steeply" since mid-August.

He said data suggests that, without action, the UK would be on an "extremely similar" path to France, where the numbers have continued to rise – and warned the situation would likely be dangerous by spring.

Government sources were gloomy about a "difficult six months". An official warned that it was not a "few weeks and we'll be back to where we were" scenario and said the R number was "well above one".

Mr Johnson said he was "sorry" that larger households couldn't meet because they were above the six-person threshold.

"But as your prime minister, I must do everything I can to stop the virus from spreading," he added.