Venues must protect public from terror attacks under new plans

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New legislation could see event venues forced to implement measures to protect the public from terror attacks.  

The so-called Protect Duty legislation has been in public consultation for the past 18 weeks and home secretary Priti Patel is due to set out the bill imminently.

Results from the public consultation survey found seven out 10 respondents agreed those responsible for publicly accessible locations should take 'appropriate and proportionate measures to protect the public from attacks.'

The Protect Duty bill comes in the wake of the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack that claimed 22 lives following an Ariana Grande concert.

Currently, there is no requirement for venues to have anti-terror measures in place; the new ruling will ensure venues of all sizes adhere to regulations. However, the extent of necessary measures and their application will depend on the size of the venue or business.

The list of venues extends to ‘publicly accessible’ locations including sports stadiums, festivals, music venues, hotels, schools and universities, parks and beaches.

The legislation has been campaigned for and backed by the family members of terror attack victims, including Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was killed in the Manchester Arena attack.

Murray told ITV News: “What we are asking is that actually legislation is put in place so that venues, publicly accessible locations, have a duty of care towards the public and the staff to keep them safe from terrorist attacks."

Priti Patel added: “Following the tragic attack at the Manchester Arena, we have worked closely with Figen Murray, victims’ groups and partners to develop proposals to improve protective security around the country.

“I am grateful for their tireless commitment and those who responded to the consultation, the majority of whom agreed tougher measures are needed to protect the public from harm.

“We will never allow terrorists to restrict our freedoms and way of life, which is why we are committed to bringing forward legislation this year that will strike the right balance between public safety, whilst not placing excessive burden on small businesses.”

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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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