Covid marshals spotted out on streets for the first time – without face masks

England's first Covid marshals have been busy hitting the streets – but were seen not wearing masks inside shops.

Boris Johnson outlined plans for a new taskforce of " Covid-19 Secure Marshals" in Wednesday's coronavirus briefing, with gatherings of six people set to be banned in England from Monday.

The marshals, who reportedly could earn salaries of up to £30,000, are being created to help enforce the tightened social distancing rules.

The plans have already been in place in Cornwall since July with a team of hi-vis wearing enforcers being a presence in town and city centres to ensure locals are “respecting social distancing”.

But photos taken when the Cornwall team first hit the streets show a member of the team giving guidance to local businesses inside – while not wearing a mask.

Face coverings became compulsory for customers in enclosed public spaces three days after the footage was recorded – although their use was still widespread at that stage.

Have been told to hand out fines of up to £100 to anyone who doesn't follow the new government rules.

One marshall, called Dan, said people give him a thumbs up in his new role.

He said: “I especially like helping reassure some of our older residents.

“I’ve got to know the local businesses and it’s great to know they’re all really keen to do what they can to make their customers and staff feel comfortable.

“So far, most visitors have been really co-operative and do their best to follow the guidelines and respect social distancing.”

Street wardens would be the "ideal" candidates to create the army of new "Covid marshals", Transport Secretary Grant Shapps claimed on Thursday.

But the plans have been ruthlessly mocked on social media with hilarious memes offering potential candidates for the "busybody"role.

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