Livestock marts in Kildare, Laois and Offaly will continue to operate under stricter guidelines despite a regional lockdown introduced by the Government.
Marts in these counties have taken to social media to inform those attending the venues that face-coverings are mandatory, for both staff and customers, until further notice. “There will be no entry to the mart without one.” one mart wrote on social media.
That’s Farming contacted the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) in relation to the wearing of face-masks/coverings in livestock marts.
In a statement issued to this publication, a spokesperson for the DAFM said: “The wearing of face masks has been agreed with the main marts organisations as an extra measure to be introduced in marts in counties Kildare, Laois and Offaly with immediate effect in line with the extra restrictions now in place in those counties. “
Measures have been implemented in the three counties from Friday, August 9th to midnight on Saturday, August 22nd, to protect vulnerable citizens and stop the spread of Covid-19.
Practices including maintaining a 2-metre distance from others; frequent hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and minimising the number of close contacts are being advised to interrupt the transmission of the virus.
New regulations on face masks came into force in Ireland earlier today (Monday, August 10th); they are now mandatory in shops, shopping centres and other outdoor settings.