SOUTH Yorkshire Police says it would welcome the introduction of “Covid marshals” to help enforce virus rules.
The marshals would help local authorities keep on top of social distancing in town centres.
They would check venues which can have gatherings exceeding the “rule of six”, such as pubs and restaurants.
David Hartley, assistant chief constable at South Yorkshire Police, said the force would welcome the help to ensure a common standard.
“That’s where there’s been concerns, lip service in some areas and heavy PPE in others.
“The use of Covid marshals will fill that space where we do have legitimate gathers in these pubs and restaurants.
“So, yes, I would look forward to Covid marshals coming online.”
Mr Hartley said the force was awaiting further details from the Government about the “rule of six” guidance, which will tighten lockdown measures from Monday.
He said there would be a wide variety of potential scenarios to police in relation to the changes, which are being introduced following a spike in coronavirus cases.
The range could go from unlicensed music events involving thousands of people down to small family gatherings, ACC Hartley told this morning’s South Yorkshire police commissioner public accountability board meeting.
“The reassurance is that we are not going to see any different approach,” he added. “It will still be the four Es, engage, explain, encourage and, where necessary, enforce.”