As we head into a National tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, The Scottish Government has required us to strengthen our COVID operating procedures to limit the transmission of the newer strain of the coronavirus.
As you will have read, the new strain of coronavirus is assessed to be around 70% more transmissible which dramatically increases infection rates where it is prevalent.
The Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland have previously agreed guidelines with the Scottish Government which have seen our markets stay open throughout the pandemic. However, we need to make sure we are taking all possible measures to protect our staff, customers and trade for this to continue to be the case and avoid the scenario where we are forced to close.
In light of the above, L&S will be implementing the following procedures (both at Lanark and Forfar) from 26 December 2020 until further notice.
We understand the frustration that this is likely to cause for our valued customers although we are confident that by strengthening our guidelines, L&S will be able to remain open throughout the next phase of the pandemic and beyond.
We thank everyone for their loyal custom and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.