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COVID 19 UPDATES AND INFORMATION:
Hi Everyone 

Please find today’s Coronavirus Update for 25/3/20

Swansea Council has reinforced the national instruction to strictly follow social distancing principles today.

I asked the council to issue a strong message that those who visit the area’s beaches, parks and rights of way as part of their once-a-day exercise regime should do so safely.

That means staying 2m apart and not gathering in groups.

To help reduce the problem, the council has closed four car parks near our beaches. Mumbles foreshore car park will remain open to facility those that need to get essential items.

The move was announced as the council takes further protective measures to help keep city communities safe against coronavirus and to ensure critical services are maintained.

The public are being urged to continue to observe UK Government rules designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

Key services updates...

Parks and beaches

You should only use a park, beach or rural footpath to exercise if you live within walking distance and remember the instructions about social distancing. 

We are closing beach car parks at Port Eynon, Caswell, Langland and Bracelet Bay. Mumbles foreshore will remains open to assist with people who need to get essentials.

Do not meet or walk together in groups unless you live with those people. 

Keep a safe distance from other people – at least two metres away. 

If the park or beach is so busy that you’re unable to maintain that distance, then leave and go home. 

Playgrounds and play areas within parks are closed. You should not allow your children to use them.

Cultural Services & Events 

We’ve cancelled or postponed all cultural and tourism events the council has directly organised until the end of August. 

Cancelled events include the Wales Airshow & Swansea Special Festival.

The Clean Air Roadshow & two outdoor theatre events at Oystermouth Castle in August have been postponed until further notice.

City centre car parks

Car parking in Swansea city centre will be free from today. 

However, Park and Ride, St David’s and Quadrant car parks are closed 

Essential workers and those getting essential supplies can park for free in the other city centre car parks.

Swansea Market

From today (Wed) Swansea Market will be open 8am-2pm Mon-Sat. 

Servicing for traders will continue until 4pm. 

Around 17 stalls are open, providing essential food supplies. 

All other stalls are closed. 

The market remains closed on Sundays.

City Centre Rangers

From today our city centre rangers are doing fewer foot patrols to help curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The Rangers are largely working on office duties although they will assist the emergency services when needed at incidents critical to public safety.

They will report on issues such as hazards and other concerns and receive calls from businesses via the Store-net radio or by phone.

Business support

The Welsh Government has announced a support package for businesses listed on the business rates register. 

This includes a year-long business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales for example shops, pubs and restaurants, gyms, performance venues and hotels. 

The scheme will apply to all eligible ratepayers with a rateable value of £500,000 or less.

All businesses that consider themselves eligible for the grants are asked to complete the online form that can be found at  www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant

Businesses who do not qualify for these schemes will be updated via businesswales.gov.wales/government-support-businesses

Recycling

There are no changes to kerbside waste collections. 

As happens throughout the year, we sometimes are unable to complete collections during the day. 

If this happens and your recycling has not been collected – please leave your bags out for collection the following day. 

Also – you may notice our crews are wearing protective facemasks while they are carrying out their duties. This is to ensure they can protect themselves when inside the collection vehicles and not because there is a specific threat in your area.

Building Services

Our Building Services team is focusing on emergency repairs only. 

Work already started on functions such as bathroom and kitchen installations has been made safe with all facilities reinstated on a temporary basis. 

No new work will start for the time being.
More on emergency repairs to council properties - https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/23251/Contact-us-about-a-repair

Hubs at schools

Hubs at schools continue to remain open to provide childcare where both parents are key workers.

Staff and pupils at the schools must follow the UK Government’s latest advice in relation to social distancing. 

We will continue to provide free school meals with new measures in place to protect pupils.

Child and Family Services

The Information, Advice and Assistance Team is having an unprecedented volume of calls.  

Unless your call relates to significant risk of harm or risk to life to a child or young person please instead contact us via email at access.information@swansea.gov.uk For advice on co-parenting and child arrangements at https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/covid-19-guidance-for-children-and-families/

Info-Nation

Info-Nation is closed to the public except for emergencies such as homelessness and maintenance for those without bank accounts. 

Any person that presents at the centre will be screened before being allowed in. Information and advice can also be obtained by messaging www.Facebook.com/InfonationSwansea further information at www.info-nation.org.uk

The CEO and I have issued a letter to essential workers in the councils, emphasising how important it is they continue to fulfil their role during the pandemic, and thanking them for doing so.


Staff letter

Our Chief Executive and Council Leader have praised staff and thanked them for continuing to provide services during the Coronavirus crisis.

The message goes out to all staff - those providing front-line servcies and those either working from offices or from home.

Phil Roberts and Cllr Rob Stewart, said: “The work you are doing in Swansea is already helping save lives, but will be critical in keeping people alive in the coming weeks and months. We cannot stress how important it is that you continue to help us deliver the critical services our communities are depending on.

“The people of Swansea have never needed our support as much as they do now.

“We understand you’ll naturally have concerns over your health and the health of your loved ones by remaining in work, but we want to reassure you we are following the Government’s latest health guidance and will respond to any changes to the guidance to ensure our staff remain safe and have the necessary personal protection equipment where needed.

“We are hugely grateful for your continued commitment and support at a time when so many people are relying on us.

“We wish you and your families well and that you keep safe and healthy in the coming weeks.”

Kind regards
Rob 
Cllr Rob Stewart

Leader City and County of Swansea Council
Arweinydd Cyngor Dinas a Sir Abertawe

Rob.Stewart@Swansea.Gov.uk

 

 

 LINKS and HELP

 

 go to this link for the latest Coronavirus bulletin from the council.

 

We have been busy co-ordinating support for vulnerable residents in Garnswllt and Felindre with Richard Davies (LAC) and with Sally Anne Rees (LAC) who is supporting residents in Rhydypandy and Salem. She has kindly agreed to provide support as and when it is needed even though she doesn't cover those areas. 
Support for residents in Rhydypandy and Salem who are elderly/vulnerable/self isolating. Please contact Sally Anne Rees.
07887 055240

 

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