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Coronavirus 2 April 2020 - 3.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 2 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Food banks

We're helping banks across the area to ensure that they can continue to meet soaring demand from families and individuals in need of support. The council is building up contingency supplies of basic food items that it will be used to boost food bank stocks if they are running low.

Council staff have also been redeployed during the Coronavirus pandemic to assist the hard working volunteers who keep the city's foodbanks running. Staff working in the community are also giving referrals to people who need the vital support. A full list covering all areas of Swansea can be found on


Social distancing

Thank you to everyone who is observing the rules about social distancing. Please ensure you continue to do so this coming weekend. The council has closed all its beach car parks on Gower, including Port Eynon, Bracelet Bay, Langland and Caswell.

The UK Government guidance on accessing green space and beaches for exercise is "stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible - do not travel unnecessarily". Further information can be found here:

In addition, residents are still being urged to increase their efforts to keep their distance from other people during the Coronavirus crisis. Get the latest government guidance here:


Field hospital

Early work is continuing today on our Bay Studios field hospital site. This work will enable construction crews to move on site in the coming days. We're working with @kiergroup & #TRJ to transform a former factory and film studios to help manage the expected upsurge in Coronavirus cases. Read more about the conversion here


Child care support

Pupils entitled to free school meals are now receiving daily Grab and Go bags which include a filled roll, fruit, a muffin or similar item and a drink.

These can be collected from each pupil's nearest school/emergency childcare setting as the children do not need to be on the school register there for them to collect. In certain circumstances such as self-isolation delivery can be considered depending on capacity.

An up-to-date list of your nearest emergency childcare setting  can be found on

Families identifying as critical workers are being asked to provide confirmation in the form of a letter from their employer.

Please remember only children of critical workers and our most vulnerable pupils can access this childcare and then only as a last resort. The best place for all of us to be is at home if at all possible.


Clap for our carers

The national doorstep round of applause for the NHS and other key workers in areas like social care and social work is going ahead again tonight at 8.00pm. We're playing our part by turning the Guildhall lights blue once again.

Last week, millions of people across the UK applauded from their homes in a moving tribute to the country's NHS workers. Tonight's applause will also honour teachers, cleaners, supermarket workers and delivery drivers - as well as the NHS staff who are working around the clock. Show your support for those who are #HereForSwansea and #ClapForOurCarers tonight.


Singleton Park concert postponed

Catfish and the Bottlemen have announced that their show at Swansea Singleton Park will now take place on Friday 4th September. All tickets for the previous date in May remain valid. Ticket holders should contact the promoters, Orchard, for further advice and information.


As thousands of Swansea Council staff are working from home over the coming weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is more chance that they may encounter some cyber security problems. To help keep us all secure, a Working from Home guidance leaflet can be downloaded from staffnet

The mail room staff are continuing to process incoming and outgoing mail. Where there is a need to have mail printed and put into envelopes this can be done via the mail room. However due to the limited staffing please can you ensure that only essential and urgent mail is processed at this time. Please contact Rachel Mabula on 636032 to discuss arrangements for this. If you need to send out a large mail shots of over 20 pieces of mail please contact  who will be able to process these requests.

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