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Iowa Public Health Guidelines Regarding Auctions


What precautions should I take to hold sales auctions during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • We recommend you hold virtual (online or over-the-phone) sales to the best of your ability.
  • Consider limiting in-person auctions to only serious bidders.
  • For in-person auctions, whether indoors or outdoors, identify critical functions and determine how to manage movement between employees and attendees.
  • Auctions should not exceed 50% of its normal operating capacity to ensure adequate spacing of groups. Limit the number of participants present in any outdoor venue with grandstands or other permanent seating to 50% of its normal operating capacity and the number of participants in other outdoor settings to a number that permits social distancing of 6 feet is required.
  • Cloth face coverings should be strongly encouraged when coming in contact with other people. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for maintaining social distancing of six feet between persons from different households.
  • Limit people coming to your auction sale location as much as possible. Organize equipment/ products/ items for sale to be dropped off and picked up either one load at a time or instruct people lined up with trailers to wait in their vehicles until it is their turn to load or offload.
  • Concessions and food and beverage services should not be offered.
  • Develop a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

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NAA Releases Best Practices for Auction Operations Amid COVID-19

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The NAA has recently released its best practices for auction operations. It is essential that auction professionals incorporate these best practices for all auction operations to ensure the safety of themselves, their employees, and customers as well as the safety of our local, regional, and national communities.


As an additional resource, please use the letter template below to contact your state representatives and urge them to understand the impact the auction industry has on the economy, and inform them of the guidelines NAA has created.

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Guidance for Livestock Auction Markets During COVID-19

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March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 is currently circulating in Iowa communities. All Iowa businesses have a responsibility to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that livestock auction markets institute immediate changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their staff, sellers, and buyers.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) strongly recommend that all livestock markets adhere to the following guidance. Critically evaluate each auction to determine whether it needs to be held. If an auction can be postponed, please do so.

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