As the English Premier League (EPL) gears up to commence its new season this Friday, police authorities have rolled out stringent security guidelines for all screening venues. The move is seen as a preemptive step to mitigate potential terror threats and ensure the safety of football fans throughout the country.
The highly anticipated league, renowned as one of the premier football competitions globally, is set to kick off with Burnley clashing against Manchester City. In light of this, the core focus of the police’s security guideline is for screening venues to provide transportation for football supporters back to their homes, especially after late-night match viewings.
During a press briefing on Monday, police spokesperson Fred Enanga urged all territorial commanders to engage proactively with proprietors and managers of various entertainment spots. This list includes bars, restaurants, hotels, gardens, and nightclubs. The main objective is to bolster security measures and to sensitize the public – football fans, staff, and well-wishers – about potential threats of terrorism.
Fred Enanga, an avowed Arsenal enthusiast, passionately implored supporters to maintain a heightened sense of awareness throughout the football season. “While we haven’t identified any specific threats, it is paramount for entertainment venues to be wary of elements with malicious intentions, aiming to create panic among fans and patrons,” stated Enanga.
Here’s a rundown of the security guidelines:
Security Personnel: Venues should employ at least one security manager and ensure adequate staff presence.
Transportation: Arrange transportation facilities for patrons heading home post late-night matches.
Alcohol Regulation: Curtail excessive alcohol consumption and prohibit sales to those below 18.
Crowd Management: Prevent overcrowding by limiting entrances and ensure efficient crowd flow.
Emergency Exits: Establish clear and unobstructed fire exit routes.
Beverage Safety: Use plastic glasses and bottles for serving drinks.
Prohibition of Illegal Drugs: Zero tolerance for illicit substances.
Surveillance: Install CCTV cameras wherever feasible.
Smoking Areas: Designate specific controlled zones for smokers.
Noise Control: Regulate noise levels, keeping in mind the comfort of local residents.
This extensive guideline list underscores the commitment of the authorities to guarantee a safe and enjoyable football season for all. Fans and venues alike are encouraged to cooperate and abide by these recommendations to ensure the smooth and secure conduct of the EPL viewings.