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[Guide] How to Prep Your Venue for Martyn’s Law

[Guide] How to Prep Your Venue for Martyn’s Law Following the 2017 Manchester Arena Attack

Last edited at 12:40pm on 17/06/2021.

Improving venue security ahead of the #Martynslaw legislation

At 2 pm on 17.06.21, Vol One report of the Manchester Arena Inquiry will be published, with a focus on findings regarding security.

As a result of the attack, venues are now being encouraged to increase their security and ability to provide adequate medical products in the event of similar mass violent acts. This article will cover the following topics:

What is Martyns Law?
Preparing venues for the future of venue security
How will Martyns Law affect your business?
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What is Martyn’s Law?

The 2017 Manchester Arena attack killed 22 people and left hundreds injured, encouraging a new anti-terror legislation (Martyn’s Law) to increase the security measures in public places and venues going forward.

The legislation named after Martyn Hett, one of the 22 victims killed in the Manchester Arena bombing, is being reviewed to increase security in public places and venues.


How will it affect my business?

The legislation proposes to take steps that will reduce risk and protect the public. It will require venues to adhere to the following measures:

  • Increased thorough security checks in publicly accessible locations
  • Routine bag searches
  • Location vulnerability assessments
  • Free counter-terror training and advice for event staff
  • Local authority action plans to counter-terrorism

The ongoing #Martynslaw campaign was sparked by Figen Murray (mother of Martyn Hett) to encourage the UK parliament to bring in a Protect Duty legislation, requiring public venue operators to take responsibility and prioritise security measures.

Don’t wait for #Martynslaw to be legislation

The new Protect Duty legislation will have a huge positive impact on public safety, but waiting for it to become official law leaves us all vulnerable whilst inadequate security is still in place in public venues.

Although it isn’t yet a legal requirement, taking action now could prevent violent acts, including terror attacks, from resulting in mass casualties and deaths.

How do I prepare my business for Martyn’s Law?

Public venues and organisations should begin taking action to enhance their security measures now in preparation for a safer environment in line with the Protect Duty legislation.

Prepare public venues with adequate medical supplies

Check your medical supplies. At the minimum, venues should be equipped with well-stocked first-aid kits which are easily accessible to all members of staff. Trauma bags should also be readily available containing life saving bleed control products and trauma equipment. Quick action could save a life.

Spread the word

Improving venue security will be a result of a combined effort from all venue owners, businesses and organisations that hold large events. It’s vital that the public understand why these new measures will be put into place and the importance of being aware and compliant with the changes.

We encourage you to read the report of the Manchester Arena Inquiry to get a better understanding of the importance of the upcoming changes in venue security.

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