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Temperature checks at marts with mask-wearing advised

A livestock mart in Northern Ireland is among the first to introduce temperature checks in an attempt to contain and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Those attending Ballymena Mart are also being advised to wear face masks.

Livestock marts are adhering to the two-metre social distancing rule, however, the distance has been reduced to one-metre where this is not possible, as part of new guidance from the Public Health Agency (PHA).

This should be practised along with additional measures such as good hand hygiene, the wearing of face coverings/masks and the use of screens.

Other measures 

Marts are keeping logs of all those attending sales for the purpose of contact tracing, if a case arises whereby an individual/ individuals on the premises test positive for the virus.

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The number of people present at each sale has been limited, with customers with business to conduct advised to attend.

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