COVID-19: Ensure you maintain social distancing at autumn sheep sales

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The government has confirmed that anyone visiting a 'retailer' or 'auction house' are required to wear a face mask or covering in England, this is complimentary to abiding to social distancing measures and using hand sanitiser.

Richard Findlay, NFU Livestock Board chairman, said: “With many of the autumn sheep sales now in full swing and the fact that we’ve seen a resurgence of coronavirus, I’m urging all farmers that are attending livestock marts and sales to follow the government's COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing, hand hygiene and wearing a face covering, and to follow any other requests made by the market operator.

“Markets play a vital role for our industry offering a transparent marketing service for farmers to buy and sell breeding and store stock. We do not want to see any interruption in this valuable service”.

A reminder of the initial regulations agreed by Defra and the LAA can be found here.

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