UK Home Office Public Consultation to consider legislation to improve public safety and preparedness from terrorism
On 26th February 2021, the UK Home Office launched, a public consultation to consider how legislation can be introduced to improve the protection of the public from terrorist attacks.
It will place greater responsibility on owner / operators of Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs), formerly referred to as ‘Crowded Places/Spaces, which are defined as any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission, but not private venues, such as places of employment, or other locations where there is not public access.
The consultation currently proposes that the law should be applied to any PAL with a capacity of 100 or more, or any business employing more than 250 people, that operates PAL’s. The latter criteria is likely to draw corporate entities operating multiple outlets (such as shops and restaurants) into the law.