Pub Security Advice During The Euro 2020 Football Tournament
With England making it to the knock-out stages of The Euro 2020 Football Championships, and a year after the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans will be as eager as ever to watch the matches on TV screens in pubs, bars and restaurants. Therefore, Pub Security should be at the top of your agenda. Have a little scan through this article before tonights 5pm Kick Off.
The semi-finals are on July 6 and 7; and the final is due at Wembley Stadium (pictured) on Sunday, 11 July. Advice and guidance has been produced by Licensing Security & Vulnerability Initiative (Licensing SAVI), which provides standards to make licensed premises safer and more secure for everyone. Licensing SAVI organisers say that licensed premises’ managers and staff can manage their customers safely to make the most of this timely opportunity to generate much-needed income; while continuing to comply with COVID-19 requirements.
Planning is Key
Planning is key and you can seek help from your local police, council licensing teams and alarm response and keyholding companies (like us!) to help you problem solve anticipated risk. This will allow for appropriate support if necessary and for your venue to be included in response plans for the wider local area. This should also ensure you are able to adapt to other events nearby which could impact upon you. Professional Security advises:
– Check Premises Licence conditions to ensure plans are compliant, especially when considering using space differently to manage COVID-19, such as outside areas which may not have been used before
– Submit Temporary Event Notices where necessary as early as possible
– Be aware of key match dates, particularly those of the home nations, so you can match staffing levels against expected customer demand: visit UEFA.com.
– Regularly check on Government COVID guidance relevant to your location because safety requirements may change prior to, and during, the Championships: Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance – GOV.UK
– Review your policies and risk assessments to ensure they are fit for purpose
– Record changes to operating practices, such as due to COVID, in risk assessments and audit trails.
Brief your Team
After a long time in lockdown, customers will be keen to socialise with people they may not have seen for some time. Some of whom may have turned 18 during the Covid-19 lockdown 2020.
The Euros are a timely opportunity to remind your team of procedures and management practices. Your team may make up people who have returned after long periods of furlough and new team members who have been recruited to replace those who have left. Team briefings are important and could include:
– Challenge 21/25 age-identification schemes to manage underage drinkers and remind your team it is an offence to serve a drunk person (or on behalf of drunk person)
– Emergency procedures, such as how to respond to fire alarms and the location of fire exits and the need to keep them uncongested; and to stop serving and call police in the event of any tension or disorder
– How to manage the number of customers to avoid exceeding venue capacity and how large numbers could influence departure in response to critical incidents
– Ensure nominated team members know how to use your CCTV system to ensure it is fully operational and are able to download footage
– Position TV match screens to avoid potential congestion, especially avoiding emergency exits
– Consider safe and controlled dispersal from your venue when matches finish
– Inform your team of the named Designated Premises Supervisor or appropriate manager
– Explain the different types of vulnerability and how vulnerable people can be supported, such as by contacting friends or family on their behalf, as opposed to asking them to leave a venue where they could then become at greater risk.
– Run sensible drinking promotions and make free water available
– Use polycarbonate or similar drinking vessels and decant any bottles to reduce risk of injury or harm, that could result from disorder
– Clear empty glasses and rubbish quickly and remove to secure storage
– Display numbers for reputable taxi companies, signposting to nearby transport hubs.
The terrorist threat level is ‘substantial’ which means an attack is ‘likely’. Crowded places are particularly at risk. Managers and team members will need to be vigilant for anything out of the ordinary or that doesn’t feel right no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Call your local police on 101 or in an emergency 999. For further information on action to counter terrorism visit: find out what to look out for and how to keep yourself and others safe.
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