Following the announcement from the Prime Minister of another full lockdown for England, starting on Thursday 5 November, the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) has confirmed that its member markets will remain open, and has set out updated security guidance for the continuation of all livestock sales.
The LAA has set out a series of new guidelines to all of its members, aligned to latest Government advice. Markets will adopt the following changes
- Attendance at markets WILL be restricted to those conducting business, and 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
- Face coverings must be worn 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 hand washing facilities
- Markets will continue to keep a register of all attendees to their site
LAA executive secretary Chris Dodds said: “Livestock auction markets have been acknowledged 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.
“It is imperative that we provide a safe and bio-secure environment, as we did during the first full lockdown period, and 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 six months and beyond. With your understanding and vigilance, we look forward to continuing to offer all livestock sales through our markets,” added Mr Dodds.