New laws for event organisers following Public Order Act amendments  

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has revealed new rules for both public and private event organisers, which will take effect on 1 October 2017. All event organisers are required to notify the police if they are reasonably expecting more than 5,000 persons at any point in time for public events and 10,000 for private events.

The move followed amendments to the Public Order Act, which was passed in Parliament on 3 April 2017. As such, all event organisers affected by the new criteria must notify the police at least 28 days before the event is held via the LicenceONE platform. This requirement to notify the police will apply to events held on or after 29 October 2017.

The amendments will also give the commissioner of police the power to declare any event as a Special Event. This is after the assessment of the risk of terror attack and public disorder. This will allow the police to issue directions to the event organiser to ensure that appropriate security measures are put in place, the statement read.

If organisers do not implement the security measures required by the police, the police will be given the permission to implement the necessary security measures themselves and recover the costs of doing so from organisers.