COVID marshals deployed across the borough

Barnsley Council’s team of COVID marshals started their new roles earlier this week.

Their job is to advise and support members of the public and businesses by reminding people to follow the guidelines in place, such as wearing a face-covering unless exempt, managing queues and supporting social distancing in crowded areas.

While they do not have any formal enforcement powers, they will be connected by radio to police and council COVID response resources, who do have formal enforcement powers.

The marshals will be recognisable by their blue high-visibility jackets and will operate across the borough seven days a week until 10pm on weekdays and 8pm at weekends.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “Having the COVID marshals in place is another step forward in our response against Coronavirus (COVID-19). We hope they will be able to take some of the pressure away from police and council officers, who have worked tirelessly through the pandemic.

“While they are there to help, we all need to continue to play our part in limiting the impact of the virus and saving lives. This means following the guidance in place regarding social distancing, wearing a face-covering unless exempt and washing or sanitising our hands regularly."

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