'Protect Duty' consultation
Early last year, the UK Government announced plans to introduce a law which would require own-ers and operators of public spaces and venues (publicly accessible locations) to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack.
The new ‘Protect Duty’ will take account of the lessons learned following the terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as more recent attacks.
This new law would require venue operators to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take pro-portionate and reasonable measures to prepare for and protect the public from such an attack.
This could include increased physical security, having training in place, incident response plans and exercises for staff on what to do during an attack.
This consultation will now seek the views of organisations on the following issues:
- Who would a Duty apply to?
- What would a proposed Duty require stakeholders to do?
- How should compliance work?
- How would Government support those affected by a Duty?
You are encouraged to read the Protect Duty Consultation document where further information can be obtained. This is your opportunity to take part in this consultation process and to have your say in how the Protect Duty is developed and progressed.
The consultation will close on 2 July 2021 and can be accessed here.