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Coronavirus 22 March 2020 - 18.10pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Sunday 22 March 2020


In line with Welsh Government guidance and at the request of Swansea Council, emergency childcare provision will include the children of key workers where only ONE parent is needed to be a key worker. The key worker list in Swansea now includes those who work in food production and delivery.

The emphasis remains on providing emergency provision only and the situation will be closely reviewed, monitored and adapted as the situation evolves.


Social distancing

To reinforce social distancing controls and to prevent the risk of spread of Covid19, we are today closing our playgrounds, and small play facilities across Swansea.

The general advice is to stay home if you can.

Our larger parks and beaches will remain accessible for now for those who are not advised to self-isolate.

If you do have to go out and about, people should keep a safe distance from one another, avoid direct contact with others, and remain in small household groups for play or recreation in our open spaces.


NHS Letters for people in high risk groups

We understand NHS are sending letters out to people with specific illnesses that make them more vulnerable. These will require self-isolation and effectively consign people to their homes.

We will make sure that those who do need to self-isolate are supported by the Council and our teams in communities.

We will also be setting up a specific helpline for those who are advised to self-isolate. As soon as we have further details we will provide updates.


Refuse collections and recycling

Apart from closing our Tip Treasures shop and suspending bulky waste collections, Swansea's kerbside recycling and collection services have not changed.

Collections will continue as normal. 

Please do not go to our recycling centres at this time unless the journey is absolutely essential.

Remember the more you follow the official advice, however disruptive and frustrating it is, the faster we will get through this, the less pressure there will be on our NHS, and more lives you will help save.

Previous statements issued by the council about service provision can be found here.

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