Are we required to maintain social distancing during an emergency situation such as a fire evacuation?

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Are we required to maintain social distancing during an emergency situation such as a fire evacuation?

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The UK Government’s guidance for working safely during Covid-19 states that “in an emergency, eg an accident or fire, people do not have to stay 2m apart if it would be unsafe”.

Covid-19 secure guidelines have the potential to change the fire risk profile of an organisation and the potential issues of workplace configurations during the pandemic will need to be taken into account from a fire safety perspective. Covid-19. Protection. Advice to Businesses from the National Fire Chiefs Council provides useful guidance in respect of fire safety.

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