A new law proposed by the government will require venues to put measures in place to protect the public from a terrorist attack.
Security minister James Brokenshire announced plans for the new Protect Duty earlier this week, following a manifesto commitment to improve the security of public spaces.
The new law, which is to be consulted on this spring, would require owners and operators of venues and public spaces to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take “reasonable measures” to protect the public from such an incident. Venues can include concert halls, stadiums and conference centres.
Measures could include increasing physical security, staff training and incident response plans in case of an attack.
According to the Home Office, the Protect Duty “reflects lessons learned following the terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as more recent attacks”.
Brokenshire said: “Our first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one.
“The devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threat we face.
“We are in complete agreement with campaigners such as Figen Murray [whose son was killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack] on the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe.”
He added: “Of course, it is important that this new law is proportionate. This public consultation will ensure we put in place a law that will help protect the public while not putting undue pressure on businesses.”
The consultation will seek views from businesses, public authorities, the security industry and campaign groups.
It will be used to determine which venues will be subject to the new law, with a spokesperson stating that the Home Office will not be proposing a “one-size-fits-all model of legislation”.