Covid-19 restrictions

mean that some businesses are changing how they operate in order to stay open.

Here’s what you need to consider if you’re adapting your business:


You may want to use partitions to separate rooms or other areas. Consider what these partitions are made of – they should restrict the spread of fire, not contribute to it. You’ll also need to make sure that the partitions won’t affect the performance of fire alarms, sprinklers or other systems.

One-way systems

If you’re introducing a one-way system to help maintain social distancing, bear in mind its impact on fire exit routes. Consider if the staff and customers in your premises would be able to escape in a fire, without travelling long distances.


If you’re introducing cooking to serve food in your business, consider the fire risks. You’ll need to make sure that you have the right fire alarm, fire fighting equipment and that you regularly clean the grease from any extraction system.


Temporary barriers and queuing systems shouldn’t compromise your fire exits, the routes to those exits, or access for firefighters.

If your escape routes are shared with a business that is now closed, check that the fire exits are still accessible for your business.

Staff awareness

Any changes you make to fire safety must be shared with all staff and other occupants. They’ll need to know what to do if there’s a fire.

Government guidelines

When you’re adapting your premises to meet Covid-19 restrictions remember that you must do so within the government guidelines, while also considering fire safety.

Need help?

If you’re not sure what impact the changes you’re making might have on fire safety, you can get advice from a competent fire risk assessor. Find our advice below on choosing a competent fire risk assessor:


Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor

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