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Covid-19: No pregnant women or children allowed at mart

Markethill Livestock Sales is restricting access to its mart premises as part of additional measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. 

The mart will only be open to those doing business on sale day, according to a statement. “Any anyone attending does so at their own risk.” 

  • Non-essential visits to the mart should be postponed until further notice.
  • Children under 16 will not be permitted to attend. “We will ask parents with children to leave the premises.” 
  • People over 70 – please consider your responsibility to others at home and yourself; 
  • Those with pre-existing medical conditions;
  • Pregnant women.
  • Anyone with any Covid-19 symptoms (including fever, dry cough etc).
  • Visitors will not be permitted to enter the premises.

Additional measures 

The mart spokesperson outlined that the following additional measures will be implemented until further notice:

  • Sanitising will be increased and adhered to by all mart staff and customers. Sanitiser is available and must be used on arrival and regularly whilst on mart premises;
  • Sellers will have the option of being contacted by mart staff by phone call approximately 15 mins prior to their stock entering the ring OR sell by conditional sale (1-hour rule applies). 
  • “Any sellers on the premises will ONLY be allowed access to the sale rings when their animals are being sold. They are then expected to leave the mart premises completely.” 
  • Buyers must keep an appropriate distance apart in the sale rings;
  • Numbers of customers allowed to access the office at any given time will be restricted;
  • Customers must sanitise  their hands before entering the office; 
  • The canteen will remain closed. “Buyers will receive complimentary refreshments ringside, if required.” 

“We are monitoring the situation closely and are ensuring that we take appropriate measures in accordance with Government advice.”

“We will also do all we can to support and deliver essential market services to our customers.” the spokesperson added.

The mart spokesperson urged the public to take their responsibility to others and yourself seriously.” 

“Coronavirus is bigger than the bravest of us. Respect the directives as they are there to protect you.” the spokesperson concluded. 

Image source: Markethill Livestock Sales [Old file image]

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