FACE COVERINGS are now mandatory in all enclosed areas of auction markets in Scotland.

The move, made in line with updated Scottish Government guidelines and effective from Monday October 19, was announced by the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland, the representative body for livestock markets, valuers and auctioneers.

Mart users and visitors should be aware that this is now a legal requirement and as such full compliance is necessary. The relevant legislation can be read at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/325/contents/made

However, the IAAS said that 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.