The 41-year-old from, Torquay in Devon, was also affected by Covid-19 when the places started to shut down in March and he lost his job as a security guard. The father of two, Ash was worried about his children and to provide for them, he applied for the position of Covid marshal.
The pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. While some of us got restricted to our homes and missed out on opportunities out there, many lost their loved ones to the deadly disease. However, one thing is for certain. There are people who made it difficult for others while others put in their efforts to deal with the situation.
The 41-year-old from, Torquay in Devon, was also affected by Covid when the places started to shut down in March and he lost his job as a security guard. The father of two, Ash was worried about his children and to provide for them, he applied for the position of Covid marshal.
"I've had to take on this role, it wasn't a preference but I have to put food on the table for my two young boys," he said.
He had to ensure the management and monitoring of all procedures implemented to deal with COVID-19 on an ongoing basis, including social distancing measures, keeping an eye out for large groups, and help companies keep their customers safe.
Often thought to be a 'party pooper', it has not been easy for Ash, but with an average salary of between £22-30,000, he knew he could fulfill the requirements.
Talking about his experience as a Covid marshal, he said, "One Saturday I was put on to work at 6 pm, just as the town starts to get busy. I opted not to wear my jacket this night purely to avoid any unwanted attention. Torquay town was extremely busy come around 11 pm that was when I went into a location and it was bedlam. There was no distancing, people dancing around, more than six to a table, groups, and groups of people."
"I tried speaking to the manager and I wasn't taken seriously. He then proceeded to laugh it off with the punters and things got a bit nasty. Word spread across the bar and I had a fair number of drinks poured on me. It's really disappointing but it is what it is. People just didn't want me spoiling their good time. I get it," he added.
However, there have been times when Ash was appreciated by people for his extraordinary work.
"I was doing a walk along the establishments, to check things were ok," he said. "There was a group of elderly that noticed my Covid-marshal jacket and followed me. They thanked me for my work trying to keep them safe so they can enjoy their retirement without being locked down, it really was lovely," he said.
"A lot of people seem to think my job is just me walking around, going into venues, and 'grassing' people in if they're not adhering to the new guidelines. While I have had to report a few places, it isn't something I like doing - I'd rather just discuss issues with them on a human level," the 41-year-old concluded.
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