Delvin Mart has been “temporarily closed” due to breaches in Covid-19 restrictions with its trading licence suspended by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

A sale which was due to take place in the mart today (Thursday, March 18) was cancelled with other sales put on hold for the time being.

It is understood there were breaches in terms of the number of people present at the mart.

Delvin Mart is in negotiations with Department of Agriculture officials to reopen as soon as possible, with additional protocols being proposed, a spokesperson for the mart said.

“We’re in the middle of negotiations at the minute so there’s nothing more we can really say at present,” the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine said:

“Licences issued to marts by the department usually contain clear conditions, the breach of which can lead to suspension or revocation.

As regards Delvin Mart, a recent breach of condition was found by department officials regarding non compliance with government instructions under Level 5 restrictions.

“Accordingly, management at this mart has been advised that its licence is suspended until it provides the department with written information on how it proposes to comply with this condition in accordance with the licence and with the standard operating procedure previously provided by the mart in this regard,” the Department of Agriculture representative concluded.