The revised changes to the ‘standard tier’ will best achieve the aims of the new legislation.

In its response to the Home Office consultation on Martyn’s Law, UKHospitality outlined its support of the changes. The current approach was one advocated by the leading trade body, and echoed by a Home Affairs Committee report last year. 

The consultation sets out that ‘standard tier’ premises, with a maximum capacity between 100 and 799 people, will be required to have ‘procedural measures that could be expected to reduce the risk of physical harm in the event of a future attack’.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “Protecting our staff and customers is a top priority for hospitality businesses and we support the Government’s approach to enhancing this through Martyn’s Law. 

“Achieving the aims of Martyn’s Law will always require significant collaboration between businesses, local authorities and other bodies, and I commend the Government’s revised approach to the standard tier, which recognises the flexibility this requires. This approach should also be reflected in the ‘enhanced tier’, to ensure Martyn’s Law can be implemented in a more proportionate and less burdensome way for all venues.

“There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to something as complex and important as this, something we have raised with the Home Office and it has listened to. This collaborative approach is the best way forward and we hope to continue working with the Home Office on developing sector-specific guidance at the relevant time.”

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