The Southern Downs Regional Council says “strict control measures” will continue at the Warwick Saleyards this week, and while disposable gloves will not be provided due to limited supply in the region “council encourages those attending the sales to bring their own”.
A council spokeswoman said the following measures will remain in place until further notice –
• The main access gate will be manned throughout the sale and only buyers with a genuine intent to purchase will be admitted. It is highly advised that buyers use their preferred agent or commission buyer for foreseeable saleyards purchases. Each person attending will have to answer a series of questions and sign a health declaration prior to entering. Persons over 70 years of age and anyone considered to be in the vulnerable category are strongly urged not to attend the sale and to self-isolate as per the recent Government recommendations.
• All vehicles will enter via the manned gate to allow Council to record attendee’s details and advise of social distancing requirements.
• The canteen is closed until further notice.
• There is restricted access to catwalks. Only auctioneers and essential staff will be allowed in the catwalk area.
• The weighing process will be slower due to staff shortages and tighter control measures implemented to safeguard the saleyard industry. Council requests the patience of those attending during these changing times.
• The server window will be closed and any reports for agents will be provided through the pigeon holes in order to reduce any unnecessary contact.
• Any persons observed to be unwell or have a cough will be asked to leave.
• Only agents, yard staff and buyers with a genuine intent to purchase will be allowed entry. All other non-essential persons will NOT be able to enter the yards. Social distancing throughout the sale will be continually monitored and strictly enforced by Council staff and local law officers i.e. a minimum of 1.5 metres between each individual.