Sheep and cattle sales have gone ahead this week after NSW Health provided approval for their reinstatement at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets.
The markets were to be closed for the remainder of this week, after three people working there tested positive for COVID last month.
In a statement sent to vendors and stock and station agents late last week, Dubbo Regional Council said, "on the proviso of following of strict COVID-safe protocols, NSW Health has provided approval for reinstatement of sales at Dubbo Regional Livestock Markets next week.
"The sheep sale on Monday, 13 September and prime cattle sale on Thursday, 16 September will now be proceeding."
The DRLM were closed and underwent a deep clean after a person who had worked there on August 26 tested positive to COVID. The following week, council issued a statement advising that a further two people working there had tested positive, and the facility would be closed for two weeks from September 6.
However, late last week NSW Health gave council and Dubbo Stock and Station Agents the go ahead to progress with sales from Monday.
The COVID-safe protocol includes that only pre-approved DRLM and DSSA staff and agents, along with "genuine registered pre-approved commission / company buyers (and carriers who are to remain with truck and must not attend sale) are permitted on site".
Pre-approved attendees must also show proof of negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of a sale.
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