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Havering residents urged to become Covid marshals

Covid marshals have spoken to more than 40,000 people since they were introduced (credit: Havering Council)

Havering Council is looking for people who want to become Covid marshals. 

The role involves talking to other residents and encouraging them to wear a face covering and remain socially distanced. 

They also answer questions and help people understand the current Covid-19 restrictions. 

“We are looking for residents to join us in the role of a Covid Marshal, where they will play a key role in our front line response to tackling this terrible virus,” said leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White. 

“With local knowledge and understanding of their communities, they would be an important addition in helping us to do just that.”

It is estimated marshals have spoken to more than 43,000 people in the borough since they were first introduced in November 2020.

They have been active in areas where people may not be complying with coronavirus restrictions, such as parks, shopping parades, town centres and schools. More recently the marshals have also been used to support supermarkets.  

Although marshals have no enforcement powers, they can report issues to the police and the councils enforcement team who can issue fines of up to £10,000. 

“Feedback from the Marshals shows over 80 per cent of people they have spoken to, have been very positive of their presence and are supportive of what the Council is trying to do to support residents,” added Cllr White. 

New recruits are paired with a more experienced marshal during the first patrols. 

Blue9, the company recruiting on behalf of the council, will also provide them with training. 

Residents who want to become a marshal must be aged 18 or over, not shielding and have good physical capability. 

To apply, send a covering letter and CV to anthony@blue9security.co.uk 

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