Fire detection and life safety specialist CDS has been working with businesses in the hospitality and leisure industry to make sure they are safe and compliant before reopening or expanding their capacity on July 19.
This has involved carrying out fire risk assessments for hotels, galleries and stately homes which have had to reconfigure their layouts to facilitate social distancing.
As well as ensuring they comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), CDS has been designing, installing and maintaining life safety systems for its leisure clients.
The relaxation of the Covid rules on July 19 means these organisations can revert to their previous layouts, necessitating a further fire risk assessment, as a new one needs to be carried out every time changes are made to the building.
Nightclubs have also benefitted from CDS’ expertise, as have theatres, museums and wedding venues.
CDS managing director Simon Abley is also reminding venues of the need to check that their fire alarms and extinguishers have been tested and are compliant with British Standards – a service which CDS has also been providing for its clients.
“From a business point of view, the leisure and hospitality sector has perhaps had more hoops to jump through in the last year and a half than any other,” he said.
“There will be further massive changes in the coming weeks as pubs and bars increase indoor capacity, theatres and cinemas can perform to full houses and wedding venues can welcome a full complement of guests. We are also likely to see more people using airports if the plan to allow the double jabbed to travel on holiday without the need for quarantine is agreed.
“We have been working for more than 30 years with a huge raft of businesses in the leisure and hospitality sector. This year we have been even busier because we have needed to ensure they are safe and compliant as they adapt to comply with every Covid regulation change.”