Tattersalls Ireland has postponed its Derby and May Store Sales due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Ireland. Originally set to take place from July 14 to 16, they will now be held-should government regulations permit-from Aug. 11 to 13.
Tattersalls Ireland Chief Executive Officer Matt Mitchell said, “Despite every effort being made to give all the normal participants an opportunity to attend the sales next week it became clear during the course of [Wednesday] that the current obstacles in our way are insurmountable. It was reconfirmed that all attendees; be they vendors, purchasers or employees who were due to arrive in Ireland from the UK are required to self-isolate for 14 days without exception and therefore their attendance at the sale would not be possible.
“The extremely difficult decision to postpone the Derby and May Sales has been made in the context of the unprecedented and unpredictable COVID-19 related circumstances and in the best interests of our vendors, purchasers and staff. We are very conscious of the impact that this decision will have on our valued clients, but we are also at all times mindful of our wider social responsibilities and the prevailing government guidelines.”