Face Coverings Mandatory in Scottish Auction Marts this week

In line with updated Scottish Government guidelines and from Monday this week (19th October), face coverings are now mandatory in all enclosed areas of auction markets in Scotland although there will be exemptions, especially for those who are not able to wear a face covering for specific medical reasons.

Market staff operating in livestock handling areas will also be exempt from wearing face coverings due to the material risk of harm from handling livestock. This is due to the need to be in constant communication with others when handling livestock and face coverings present a risk of muffling speech and communication. 

Please be aware that this is now a legal requirement (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/325/contents/made) and as such full compliance is necessary unless the individual is exempt for medical reasons.

IAAS would like to thank you in advance for your support and looks forward to continuing the safe operation of auction marts in Scotland.

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