Covid marshals have actually been spotted in the wild

Clad in high-viz jackets and dispensing hand sanitiser, they’ve been a rare sight in Britain’s towns and cities – until now.

Yes, Covid marshals have finally been spotted in the wild, albeit safely in the company of police officers.

The wardens were launched last month, with millions of pounds pumped into local authorities to ensure people are complying with national restrictions.

But judging by these pictures from a deserted street in Great Yarmouth, there was very little marshalling for them to do.

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Two marshals were seen observing social distancing as they look towards a primary school in a picture shared local police officers.

A couple of parents can be seen waiting around across the road and the gates are shut.

A member of staff at St Nicholas Priory Primary confirmed the marshals were not employed by the school and had been on council duties.

In a tweet, the force said: ‘On joint Covid patrols with the new Borough Council Covid Marshall’s [sic].

‘Jointly working together in a bid to reduce the Covid figures and keep people safe.

In the West Midlands, they have also been patrolling alongside police and have been filmed speaking to traders and members of the public.

Sandwell Council released a video showing the marshals alongside police community support officers.

A voiceover says: ‘We are introducing these teams in response to the Government’s call on councils to discourage large group gatherings, point out when face coverings should be worn and encourage social distancing.’

Traffic wardens have been retrained as Covid marshals in east London so they can be deployed as part of an enforcement team to tackle illegal raves and parties.

Nine such events have already been shut down, according to Barking and Dagenham Council.

Norfolk Constabulary said the marshals had joined police officers in Great Yarmouth as part of routine patrols.

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