They have been in the city for almost three months since pubs reopened with the aim of ensuring we all social distance.

Long before Boris Johnson announced the possibility of ‘Covid marshals’ last week, Hull’s street marshals have been patrolling the city centre.

They have gone under the radar somewhat but they are there to help ensure measures are adhered to where possible.

There have been four teams of street marshals employed by Hull City Council offering guidance and promoting social distancing in which have been funded through support from central Government.

The council insists no resources have been taken from elsewhere to fund them.

They have no powers to enforce the measures or fine anyone flouting them - but the council says they have been a big success.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “The street marshals have been very successful. We use people who know the city centre, know how it works and know which areas can get particularly busy.

“They are there to promote social distancing and encourage responsible behaviour, supporting businesses, taxi drivers and visitors to the city centre.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said 'Covid marshals' would make sure the rules of social distancing were being followed after bringing in tighter measures including there being no groups from outside a household or bubble gathering in numbers larger than six.

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But many councils have been left confused by the announcement, with questions left unanswered over how the scheme would work and how it would be funded.

Pressed for further information in the House of Lords, Communities Minister Lord Greenhalgh said: “Local authorities are best placed to determine the model of deployment and responsibilities of marshals in their areas.

“We do not expect to set national targets for the number of marshals, but rather to work with local authorities to encourage them to consider using marshals where appropriate.”

But several councils have reported that no extra resources have been offered to get the scheme off the ground.

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The Government has already said the marshals will have no formal powers and must be paid for by local authorities.

This confirms these 'Covid marshals' would be very much in the mould of Hull’s street marshals.

Hull Live asked the council for a bit more about the street marshals and what they do.

What powers do they have? Are they able to issue any fines or orders or are they just a presence?

No. The street marshals are there to promote social distancing and responsible behaviour.

How many street marshals are there?

There are four teams and the numbers in each can vary, but usually between two and four.

Are they council employees or are they volunteers in the mould of street angels?

They are sub-contracted and they are paid. But they are not council staff redeployed from other areas.

Are they the same as street marshals?

'Covid marshals' is simply a new term for street marshals. We’ve had street marshals operating in the city centre since early July.

Have they suffered any abuse?

There have been no reports of abuse.