Covid Marshal Issues Yellow Card To People Accused Of Flouting Lockdown Rules
A video has been shared online showing a Covid marshal giving some alleged lockdown rule breakers a yellow card, before warning them the police will be called if they break the rules again.
The clip is believed to have been filmed at Stratford Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 7 November when an anti-lockdown rally had taken place and shows two Covid marshals wearing masks and red jackets approaching a group of people.
In the footage shared online the marshals approach the group of people who can be heard asking him: "What is the yellow card?"
The marshal explains: "A yellow card is what we give you if you breach Covid regulations - which, you've also been at the protest..."
At this point the people being shown the yellow card interject to deny they've been at the protest and claim they have just been walking around the park.
The marshal continues: "You've been walking around and looking around - you've been walking around the park while there's a protest taking place and you've been stood there watching.
"Therefore, you have breached the Covid regulations because you're not exercising, you're stood there in a gathering."
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At this point, the group continue to protest their innocence, before once again asking what the yellow card is for.
The marshal added: "You're issued with a yellow card as a first warning, you then get a second yellow card, which is a final warning and that's when the police will come and enforce it by fining you."
Like many areas in the UK, Gloucestershire announced earlier this year it would be deploying Covid marshals to help ensure people are following lockdown rules.
In a joint statement earlier this month, council leaders in Gloucestershire announced they would be introducing more marshals.
The statement read: "These continue to be tough times for us all and we want to do all we can to help people to be aware of the things they can do to keep themselves and others safe and most importantly reduce the spread of Covid in the county.
"Although increasing, the number of cases remains low compared to many other places. We want to make sure it stays that way and would encourage everyone to play their part by remembering three simple things: hands, face and space."
Gloucester City Council leader Richard Cook previously told ITV: "They don't have any powers, they're not there as enforcers - that's a police job, if it becomes necessary.
"They do have the opportunity of saying to people who are persistently breaching behaviour, they'll give them what we call a yellow card which will warn them.
"When they have two yellow cards, somebody may well contact the council or the police and say such-and-such an individual is really not conforming."
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