Norwich will not have coronavirus marshals

Shoppers wearing masks in Norwich city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Shoppers wearing masks in Norwich city centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

Norwich City Council is not ruling out running a coronavirus marshal scheme but says further details are required to see how the scheme will work.

The council said further details were required to see how the scheme will work and how it will be funded.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, told BBC Radio Norfolk: “There is nothing wrong with an idea as long as it has money behind it, training, a time for implementation and additional resources for councils who are already working at maximum capacity.”

More: What will the new coronavirus marshals do?Prime minister Boris Johnson announced plans for introducing the marshals at last Wednesday’s Downing Street press conference as part of tougher measures, including the much-publicised Rule of Six.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council. Pic: Archant

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council. Pic: Archant - Credit: Archant

Mr Johnson said marshals would have no formal powers of arrest but would be able to break up groups of more than six in town centres. They would have to alert police if fines are handed out.

There was no further funding from government specifically to fund marshals, who would be employed by local councils.


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