The Swan during the Covid-19 outbreak

We will be updating this page as when we have new information. As everyone knows, the situation is changing quickly so please come back regularly. Our aim is to keep everyone as safe as possible. Your help and understanding is appreciated.

Tuesday 24th March

Following the UK Government's announcement last night, we just like to confirm that The Swan is now closed for all activities. This now includes all of the refurbishment work of the Weekday Warriors too.

Whilst the gates and doors are locked, we would like to advise that security and alarm systems are fully functional. Also the building is being monitored remotely. However, we do ask our neighbours to report any suspicious activity. Thank you in advance.

We do advise all supporters, volunteers and staff to follow the advice of the UK Government and stay in doors. Also, please support our key workers and the rest of our community by keeping them safe.

Sunday 22nd March

We've now closed The Swan as a pub following the Government's announcement on Friday 20th, perhaps for 3-4 months. The Green Room School have already closed activities at the Swan for the time being.

That puts our business at risk which we are trying to mitigate:

  • All of our staff are now on unpaid leave (they should be able to benefit from the newly announced Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme).
  • Take advantage of a mortgage holiday offered by Triodos Bank.
  • Stop all refurbishment expenditure (including the kitchen).

Decisions going forward in these uncertain days ahead will be based on our core values of community, inclusivity, sustainability and responsibility. We know that the community togetherness that you’ve created will pull us through the tough time ahead.

Update on Friday 20th March

We want everyone to be as safe as possible. On coming to the pub, we therefore ask:

  • Do stay at home if you have any symptoms.
  • Do take our quick temperature test.
  • Do wash your hands regularly.
  • Do avoid touching your face.
  • Do practice social distancing.
  • Do respect the bar staff & needs of others.

We have made further alterations to the pub to create more space. The bar stools and pews have been removed for now and the number of tables and chairs reduced. The Courtyard and Coach House are available for use.

The pews have been removed from he bar
Less chairs and tables too
Trying to help social distancing
Stools have been removed from the front of the bar

Update on Thursday 19th March

Temperature testing started last evening when the bar opened at 4pm. Customers all approved and whole heartedly supported the move. Thankfully all tested with a temperature less than 37.5°C. We continue to review daily and will update immediately should there be any changes.

We do advise that everyone takes heed of the advice of the relevant authorities. Please stay safe!

Regulars being tested by Matt
Matt at the front door with the temperature tester
Another customer happy to be tested

Photos by our professional photographer - Doug Seeburg - who is a Swan supporter and volunteer too.

Wednesday 18th March

Given the recent advice from the government and the World Health Organisation, we’'d like to let you know how we are adapting to the current situation here at The Swan. We are remaining open. However, we want to give you a place you can come to connect with people responsibly.

The following measures will be in place from Wednesday 18th March

  1. We are cancelling all our events (eg this week there will be no quiz, bingo or Green Canteen).
  2. The cleaning routine at the Swan has been upped to half hourly cleaning/spraying of all touchpoints (door handles, tables, toilet areas). With a thorough daily clean as usual.
  3. The staff will be washing their hands more regularly than usual and we politely request you all to do the same. (hot water, soap and hand dryers will always be available).
  4. We will be taking everyone's temperature on arrival (with a ‘no touch’ temperature gun). If you have a temperature over 37.5°C, you will be asked to leave the bar area and advised to go home.
  5. If you have a repeated cough, you will also be asked to leave the bar area.
  6. Please appreciate the above points are for the safety and comfort of everyone. The Green Room has been doing this on a daily basis for the last 3 weeks and it has proven to reduce anxiety and create a more comfortable environment to be in. Also handy to know your temperature!

  7. We are now card only, to stop the handling of cash.
  8. We are removing some of our furniture to ensure you have enough space to feel comfortable.
  9. We will be maximising the space we have in our courtyard with the tables, standing areas, lighting and umbrellas. We know the courtyard is a lovely space in the summer, we will try and make it as agreeable as possible in Spring.
  10. Our daily drinks offers will continue and we will be offering 'take outs'. Don't forget we have an extensive range of bottled and canned beer (including some fantastic craft beer) that are available for take away to enjoy at home.
  11. Our daytime opening hours will reduce to be open from 4pm 'til 11pm (Monday to Saturday) and from noon 'til 9pm on Sundays.

These are uncertain times and everyone will need to do what they can to remain safe and stem the spread of this virus. During this time we will also do whatever we can to remain true to being a community hub. If you know someone who is struggling to get provisions, walk the dog, look after the children, or anything else...please send an Instant Message to our Facebook Group and we will try to help. Even if we are being forced into isolation, we will still need to remain strong as a community and support one another.

We will keep you regularly updated as usual through our mailing list and social media channels. If you have any suggestions, please let us know.

All the very best,

Will and Richard