Q: As the world faces this pandemic, can fire drill requirements be suspended or replaced with staff education type in-services?
A: Fire drills are a mandatory requirement that is regulated by the federal government through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation standards. At this time, there has been no communication from CMS to suspend any of the Life Safety Code requirements, including fire drills, during this COVID-19 crisis.
If (or when) CMS issues a formal communication announcing any suspension to their standards, that will be reported by my website, as well as by many other informational services, and your accreditation organization.
So, no – fire drill requirements cannot be suspended at this time.