The government has opened consultation on new Protect Duty measures which will require owners and operators of public spaces and venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. The new ‘Protect Duty’ will draw on lessons learned following terrorist attacks in 2017, and more recently, from the Manchester Arena attack. The proposed law builds on discussions with families of victims, and is also know as Martyn’s Law, following a campaign led by the mother of Martyn Hett who was killed in the Manchester attack.
Protect Duty, once made law, would require venue operators to consider the risk of a terrorist attack, take proportionate and reasonable measures to prepare for, and protect the public from, such an attack. Measures could include increased physical security, staff training, incident response plans and regular practice exercises for staff on what to do during an attack.
Join Marble Arch London BID members on Wednesday 19 May from 1-2.30 pm to hear what the proposed Duty to Protect legislation might mean for your business. Hear from representatives of West End Security Group - Michael Wood and Georgie Barnard - how venues might be affected, what might be required and how to respond to the consultation. A presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.