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Chairs in rows regulations?

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What is the maximum number of free standing non-interlocking chairs that can be in a row, I seem to remember way back in another Church it was a maximum of 4.

A guide to the exact regulation would be helpful so that I can bring this matter up with our Church leadership.

Thanks for any replies

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From HM Government "Fire Safety Risk Assessment - Small and medium places of assembly" which covers Churches.

"If temporary seating is provided, these should be secured in lengths of not fewer than four seats (and not more than 12). Each length should be fixed to the floor"

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Yours is a very common scenario, it's odd the guidance skips the fact in many temporary event layout venues fixing isn't possible.

Some local authority guidance accepts that the floor seating cannot always be fixed as per national guidance, but insists they are at least tied in lengths, e.g.


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