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Coronavirus 3 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 3 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Sunday trading

Swansea Council is relaxing Sunday trading laws to help give key workers and vulnerable people more time to get essential goods.

Under existing laws, shops above a certain size are restricted to six hours trading time on Sundays.

The Council's Trading Standards has written to a large number of stores in the city to confirm it would not be enforcing current trading laws during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

It means shops affected by the restrictions can choose how long they open from Sunday (5 April).

 

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: www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces

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: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Field hospital

Preparation work is continuing at our Bay Studios field hospital site today. This will pave the way for construction teams. Work is due to go on seven days a week 7.00am-7.00pm until completion, including this weekend & the traditional Easter holiday period. We're working with @kiergroup & #TRJ to transform a former factory & film studios to help manage the expected upsurge in Coronavirus cases. Read more about the conversion here

 

Homeless

Homeless people, rough sleepers and those at risk of becoming homeless in Swansea are being supported more than ever during the coronavirus outbreak.

The pledge follows the recent announcement by the Welsh Government that £10million is being made available - and will help secure beds in hostels and B&Bs, giving those people the opportunity to self-isolate.

 

Business support

The council is keeping Swansea enterprises up to date with support available for businesses. This includes detail on matters such as Welsh Government grants, business rates relief, the Economic Resilience Fund and the Business Interruption Loan Scheme.  Up to date information can be found on www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses

 

Autism

In response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak and Government advice around social distancing, Western Bay Integrated Autism Service now offers the following types of support:  

Email or telephone support for autistic adults, partners and parent carers of autistic people, who may be concerned about the impact of Coronavirus (covid-19), social distancing and self-isolation on them and their families. 

Telephone advice for professionals about how best to support autistic individuals at this time.(Please note that the IAS is not a crisis team, if concerns are of an urgent nature, there please contact the relevant service, e.g. G.P, Mental Health Service, Crisis Team, Police, Social Services etc.)   

Email address: sbu.WBIAS@wales.nhs.uk

Telephone:  01639 862 936. (Please leave a message if you are unable to email.)

 

Allotments

The council is urging all allotment holders to follow latest advice from the National Allotment Society (NSALG). This includes the advice that, if working an allotment is seen by the plot holder as legitimate exercise, then they follow all guidelines on social distancing.

The society states: "Although it is within Government guidelines to visit the plot as a household, we think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation - not with household members - and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so. It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene and not gather together on site. Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with coronavirus should not visiting the site."

The council has issued a letter to allotment holders, via the associations, to verify their status if asked by police.


Staff

Staff car parking permit holders can, if they wish, cancel their permit via Oracle 'self-service'. These will be processed when staff are available and refunds issued, backdated to the date the request is received. Staff who choose to cancel their permit will need to hand it in to parking services after the pandemic is over and they are working normally. For anyone who cancels there will be no guarantee of a new permit can be reissued in the future as there is a current freeze on all new applications.

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