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Sector responds to Martyn’s Law

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

The government has announced details for the Protect Duty, now to be known as ‘Martyn’s Law’ in tribute to Martyn Hett, who was killed alongside 21 others in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in 2017.

Under the plans, Martyn’s Law will follow a tiered model linked to activity that takes place at a location and its capacity, aimed to prevent undue burden on businesses.

  • A standard tier will apply to locations with a maximum capacity of over 100 which can undertake low-cost, simple yet effective activities to improve preparedness. This will include training, information sharing and completion of a preparedness plan to embed practices, such as locking doors to delay attackers' progress or knowledge of lifesaving treatments that can be administered by staff whilst awaiting emergency services.

  • An enhanced tier will focus on high-capacity locations in recognition of the potential consequences of a successful attack. Locations with a capacity of over 800 people at any time will additionally be required to undertake a risk assessment to inform the development and implementation of a thorough security plan. Subsequent measures could include developing a vigilance and security culture, implementation of physical measures like CCTV or new systems and processes to enable better consideration of security.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Protecting customers and staff is a number one priority for venues who want to ensure that the great experiences hospitality offers also come with the best possible safety and security for all.

“UKHospitality has been engaging with Government over the past year to ensure that the aims of Martyn’s Law can be achieved in a way that is proportionate and practical for venues and we’ll continue to do that throughout the legislative process. UKHospitality will continue working with members on comprehensive guidance on compliance and implementation.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, said: “The way the city of Manchester came together as a community in the wake of the cowardly Manchester Arena attack, and the amazing work of campaigners like Figen Murray who have dedicated their lives to making us safer and promoting kindness and tolerance, is an inspiration to us all.

"I am committed to working with Figen to improve security measures at public venues and spaces and to delivering this vital legislation to honour Martyn’s memory and all of those affected by terrorism."


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