Corowa saleyards have hosted their most recent sheep sale with even tighter social distancing restrictions imposed by Federation Council including the option of police being called if required.
The even more stringent changes were communicated by social media late on Sunday ahead of another strong yarding made up mostly of almost 6000 lambs yesterday.
In a strongly worded post council staff had the go ahead to contact police if anyone asked to leave didn't abide by the order.
Other social distancing measures included the requirement for those permitted on site to wear wrist bands, only the agent selling stock and essential staff being allowed in the lanes during the sale and other agents not permitted to follow the sale.
Transporters were also banned from the selling lane when stock was being sold during the market.
Corcoran Parker agent Clynton Rixon said the measures were necessary and importantly embraced.
"The whole idea is to keep the sale operating and keep the throughput going," he said.
"Agents, buyers, council operators, trucking co-ordinators, everyone was on the same page and they've got to be to keep the sale going.
"You can see your major meat companies will not have their people unduly exposed and the same goes with us."
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Federation mayor Pat Bourke said following last Monday's sale it was identified improvements had to be made.
"I am pleased to say that Monday's sale went really well and all in attendance complied with new regulations put in place," he said.
"Council sees the saleyards as a critical service that heavily supports the agricultural industry and regional food supply.
"Therefore council will take all appropriate measures to ensure it continues to operate during the current health crisis and thereafter, taking guidance from state and federal authorities."
Additional changes made from last sale included hand sanitiser along each of the lanes for agents, buyers and transporters to use and tables and chairs removed from cafe and only two people allowed in the cafe to order takeaway food.
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