Coronavirus Update - 22 September

Following the announcement that all pubs, bars and other hospitality venues in England must close by 22:00 from Thursday 24 September, we have today made a number of changes to our events programme and the opening hours of our venues.

*Updated 25 September 2020*

Following the announcement on Monday 21 September that all pubs, bars and other hospitality venues in England must close by 22:00 from Thursday 24 September, we have today made a number of changes to our events programme and the opening hours of our venues.

Events

The curfew will have the biggest impact on the events we planned to host on the SU Lawn but will also affect other venues. As a result, we have cancelled the following events:

  • 24 September – Pride on the Lawn
  • 24 September – MedsBevs
  • 25 September – The Big Fresh Quiz
  • 25 September – MedsBevs
  • 28 September – Toastially Distanced
  • 2 October – Distanced Desi

All ticket holders for events will be fully refunded and have been informed of the cancellation via email.

We have changed the timing of some of our other free events with all events now ending at 22:00. For clarity these are:

  • 24 September – Transmission – 17:00 - 22:00
  • 25 September – Jam Sessions – 19:00 - 22:00
  • 26 September – Mask-A-Rave Ball ft. Nathan Dawe – 16:30 - 19:30
  • 27 September – Outdoor Cinema – 19:30 - 22:00
  • 28 September – Outdoor Cinema – 19:30 - 22:00
  • 1 October – Transmission – 17:00 - 22:00

We have also changed the time and date of three of our SU Lawn events:

  • 3 October – Flawless Distancing ft. Swarmz – 16:30 - 21:30 (moved from 30 September)
  • 4 October – 80s v 90s v 00s – 16:30 - 21:30 (moved from 1 October)
  • 10 October – Blingo: Hip Hop & RnB Bingo – 16:30 - 21:30 (moved from 2 October)

Our website and other events listings have been updated to reflect these changes.

While we await more detailed guidance from the Government on the new restrictions, we have submitted a plan to the University regarding events taking place from 26 September onwards that have not been mentioned above.

We will provide more clarity on those particular events soon, so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates. Ticket holders will receive a direct email regarding their purchase as soon as we have more details.

This isn’t an end to events on campus and we believe that we can continue to deliver high-quality, safe events within the restrictions but this will take us a little bit of time to get right so bear with us as we go back to the drawing board.

Venues

Our venues are already compliant with Covid-Secure regulations, with table service and test and trace in place across all of our sites. The major change here is the opening hours:

The Packhorse

From Thursday 24 September, our opening hours will be:

Monday - Sunday: 11:00 - 22:00

Medicine

Going forward, Medicine will be open as a bar from 18:00-22:00, Monday-Friday, with Toast prices (selected drinks £1.75) between 19:00-21:00 every night. We are also introducing a new table booking app in the very near future.

Tommy’s Kitchen

From Thursday 24 September, our opening hours will be:

Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 22:00

Saturday - Sunday: Dependent on events taking place

Students’ Union President Kate Roberts commented on the guidance changes: “Following the recent government guidance, there are some necessary changes to be made to our on campus events.

“This is not the end of our organised SU venues activity, we just need to tweak our events slightly to ensure that they comply with recent guidance. We will be releasing more information on our updated events as soon as we are able to.

“We all have a personal responsibility to play our part and comply with the latest government guidance to ensure that we are able to continue to socialise safely on campus. There will continue to be a number of venues open and activities that you can get involved with, both on campus and online.

“The Students’ Union is here to make student life better and this year it is more important than ever that we help keep the University community safe and connected.”

All of these decisions will be under an ongoing review and are subject to change. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to ensure you are always in the loop with the latest news.