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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