A terrorist attack against the retail and hospitality sector is likely to cause disruption to local economies and damage public confidence, leading to a drop in sales and footfall. (Photo: Viewfinder/Adobe Stock)

The retail and hospitality sector has been a major target for terrorist actors for several years. As the COVID-19 vaccination process progresses, more businesses will reopen fully, which means a busy retail and hospitality sector. The relaxed COVID-19 measures will lead to the return of crowds to publicly accessible places, such as high streets, shopping malls and hospitality hubs, which usually attract people in large numbers and close density, making them attractive targets for terrorist actors.

Steve Coates, chief underwriting officer at Pool Re, told PropertyCasualty360.com that even if a business is not a specific target, it could still be affected.

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