Screens and a smaller menu will be among the biggest changes at Swindon's Wetherspoons pubs.

The town has three branches - The Savoy in Regent Street, The Sir Daniel Arms in Fleet Street and The Dockle Farmhouse in Bridge End Road - and all will reopen when the government gives the go-ahead.

Nicole Calver, manager at The Dockle Farmhouse, said: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.

“However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans.

“The safety of staff and customers is paramount.”

Here is what will happen: 


All the pubs will have two full-time staff members that will regularly clean surfaces and touchpoints throughout the building. 

Screens will be introduced at the tills between staff and customers as well as creating seating areas where it is not possible to separate tables to the social distancing requirement. 

The company will provide all staff with gloves, masks and protective eyewear but it will be up to employees if they choose to wear them. 

An average of 10 hand sanitiser dispensers will be located at each pub, including at the entrance, for staff and customers to use. 

When it comes to staff roles, all employees will have to complete a health and safety questionnaire to confirm they are fit to work. 

This will include having temperatures taken using a digital thermometer. 

Staff will monitor social distancing standards as well as a member of staff being at the door during peak times. 

All staff will receive a full briefing and training on the new methods.


Pubs will also use one door for entry and another for the exit where possible. 

Customers are asked to use the mobile order and pay app where possible or to pay at the bar using a card. But cash will still be accepted.

All drinks will be handed over to customers using the base of the glass and when ordered via the app, drinks will arrive by a tray.

Food will be delivered by a member of floor staff.

The menu will be reduced and condiment sachets will be provided rather than bottles. 

All of Swindon's pubs will have the usual opening hours in place.