Livestock marts will remain open in England, during lockdown, it has been confirmed.
The news comes following the implementation of lockdown measures across England from Thursday, November 5th.
The Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) has set out updated security guidance for the continuation of all livestock sales.
Government recognises livestock auction markets as essential and critical businesses in the food supply chain.
“However, we have a responsibility to conduct our sales in a way that minimises the risk to both clients and staff of contracting Covid-19.”
The LAA has set out a series of new guidelines to all o members, aligned to latest Government advice. Markets will adopt the following changes:
- Management will restrict attendance at marts to those conducting business. Only one representative per business will be allowed to enter the site;
- Re-introduction of a ‘drop and go’ policy where possible;
- Market sales will be restricted to the sale of livestock – sales of machinery, poultry, fur & feather, furniture etc. will be postponed, or cancelled;
- All on-farm sales of machinery and/or non-livestock goods will be postponed, or cancelled;
- Markets will ensure strict social distancing;
- All personnel must wear face-coverings at all times. The wearing of face coverings is not a substitute for the need to maintain social distancing at all times;
- Market canteens/catering facilities will only offer a takeaway service;
- Markets will continue to provide handwashing facilities;
- Markets will continue to keep a register of all attendees to their site.
‘Safe and biosecure environment’
LAA executive secretary Chris Dodds said: “It is imperative that we provide a safe and bio-secure environment, as we did during the first full lockdown period.”
“We encourage buyers and vendors to liaise with their local auctioneer to check the specific safety protocols implemented at their particular market.”
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for their support over the past 6-months and beyond. With your understanding and vigilance, we look forward to continuing to offer all livestock sales through our markets,” he concluded.