Swansea bar ‘struggled’ with Beaujolais Day crowds before being shut temporarily

A bar in Swansea said it struggled to control crowds on Beaujolais Day a day before it was forced to close temporarily.

Council licensing officers along with police visited bars and restaurants around Swansea during the annual celebrations on Thursday, November 19.

They said they visited Old Havana on York Street early in the day and advised that stricter controls were needed.

But they stated those were not in place when they returned to check and the premises was subsequently served with a closure notice.

In a Facebook post, staff from the venue said they were closed on Friday after sadly being unable to control the conduct of some of their customers.

The statement read: “Old Havana Swansea will be temporarily closed whilst we work with Swansea council to enhance our existing policies and procedures in relation to Covid guidance.

“Whilst on the whole Beaujolais day was a great success and we are very grateful to the large majority of customers who obeyed the in-house rules, sadly at times team members were unable to control the conduct of some of the guests who attended.

“The volume of people who tried to attend without a booking further exacerbated the issue for our front of house team members. Therefore some further conditions will be applied and we will be reopening at the earliest opportunity.

“Any existing bookings for this weekend will be contacted to relocate to our sister venue Juniper Place – subject to availability.”

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They said the venue will undergo a scheduled deep clean to ensure a safe and clean environment for Christmas bookings.

Adding: “Thank you for all the messages of support and we look forward to welcoming guests back soon.”

WalesOnline – Swansea