An army of Covid marshals will use body cameras in weddings and pubs to catch people breaking the rules.

Dubbed "Covid Wombles", under new Government guidelines they will be encouraged to snoop around wearing the equipment to film evidence of breaches at venues.

They will also target parties and restaurants and will be expected to call police or council inspectors to enforce any coronavirus breaches they spot.

The marshals, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month, will be given a checklist of coronavirus measures to make sure they are being followed.

This will include at wedding receptions and celebrations, hospitality venues like pubs, bars, shops, takeaways, and "close contact services" including hairdressers and nail bars.

The marshals will be given a list of coronavirus measures to ensure they're being followed

Government guidelines list their duties as telling people to wear masks and stopping groups mixing in pubs and streets after the 10pm curfew.

They are also being ordered to encourage social distancing in busy nightlife spots, the Telegraph reported.

But the idea of having Covid marshals patrol towns and cities across the country has been widely derided.

Critics claim they will be the "worst sort of busybodies" snooping around neighbourhoods.

Marshals will ensure rules are being followed at weddings

The guidance, which suggests they should have security guard training, also recommends they use a referee-style yellow card system.

This would see them give out up to two warnings before businesses face fines or closure.

Another proposal is they are trained in "de-escalation techniques" due to the potential risks of confrontations.

The guidance highlighted Charnwood borough council in Leicestershire, where marshals patrolled streets with body cameras.

The marshals will support police across the country

Councils have received £30million to recruit and train the marshals and are being encouraged to pay and issue them with hi-vis jackets and radio systems.

The new guidelines, issued by the ministry of housing, communities and local government, say there will be two grades of Covid marshals.

The "Type 2" marshals will have a policing-style role, whereas the "Type 1" category will be responsible for dull tasks like guiding people through one-way systems and dishing out masks.

But the Government insists neither group should actually issue fines, try to restrain people or enforce social distancing rules, which is up to police and councils.