05 January 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. This drastic jump in cases has been attributed to the new variant of COVID-19, which our scientists have now confirmed is between 50 and 70% more transmissible.

The new lockdown will continue at least until mid-February and some restrictions will stay in place even longer as Michael Gove informed.

Chancellor announces one-off top-up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. £594 million discretionary fund also made available to support other impacted businesses

Schools will remain shut for pupils due to spiralling coronavirus cases, but the children of key workers can still attend, as well as those who are vulnerable.

On 15th April the  Minister of State defined Key Worker Status in fire safety industry in the letter directly sent to FIA and this letter is still just as valid now as it was then.

The details about lockdown rules can be found here. For more information about the latest COVID-19 updates specific to the fire industry please visit our live page.


FIA is working hard to react to the changes that have come from the Prime Minister's announcement on January 4th. Our training department will contact all those who have training booked in classrooms over the next two months and they will be in contact with you as soon as we can. The training scheduled online continues as planned.

We kindly ask that for the meantime you do not contact our training department regarding classroom bookings to allow us to get through this process as quickly as possible.