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Coronavirus 6 April 2020 - 3.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 6 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

 

Social care services in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

Important changes are being temporarily made to social care across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to increase capacity and prioritise the most vulnerable to support the NHS during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

You can read more on www.swansea.gov.uk/coronaviruschangestosocialcare

 

Field Hospital - Bay Studios

Work is continuing at our Bay Studios field hospital site today. Today's activity included ongoing work on new walls and floors inside the existing building and the installation of new water and electric supplies. Work is due to go on seven days a week 7.00am-7.00pm until completion, including 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

 

Supporting care services

Teachers at Bishopston Comprehensive School are putting their skills to good use by helping to protect frontline NHS staff in the city. They are producing medical visors that are already being used on the wards at Morriston and Singleton Hospitals. The Bishopston teachers are liaising with colleagues in other schools to see if they can join forces and utilise their printers to maximise the impact of this initiative. Read more about the visors here.

 

Digital Programme  at Glynn Vivian

The council's Glynn Vivian gallery has devised a daily online activity programme to stimulate the minds of art fans across the city. With the building temporarily closed and as people spend much more time at home staff there are eager to entertain and educate. www.swansea.gov.uk/GVdigi

 

Recycling

We've increased the number of local stores where residents can collect recycling bags. This will help residents to manage household waste following the closure of district housing offices and libraries due to the pandemic.

As much as possible residents should still use the tag system so collection crews can leave bags at their door.

For more information on recycling and how residents can get more bags visit www.swansea.gov.uk/morebags

 

Social distancing

Please do not travel unnecessarily. Our beach car parks on Gower are closed, 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

 

Business support

We're working flat-out to support small businesses applying for a range of Welsh Government grants and other support announced over the last two weeks.

Thousands of small businesses have made applications in the last week and the council is arranging to make payments totalling more than £21m to more than 1,500 of them in the coming days.

However, businesses are being urged to be patient while a mountain of applications are sorted and payments made.

Businesses can play their part:

  • Make sure applications are fully and accurately completed
  • Expect delays where applications are not fully supported by evidence
  • Recognise we have to verify evidence and cannot pay if incomplete or inaccurate information is received
  • Understand that more complex applications will take longer to process

The council has set up a guide for small businesses on its website which outlines what's available and how to apply: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses

 

Child care

Emergency childcare settings that have been set-up in schools in Swansea will remain open during the Easter holidays, including the two bank holidays, and a limited provision for some at the weekend.

An updated list of childcare settings, along with the critical worker criteria, can be found at: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19schoolsandcolleges

 

Taxi services

A number of taxi companies have told the council they are offering reduced rates to staff working in the NHS and other social care services. This is in recognition of the difficulty some will have getting to and from work at unsocial hours, for example. The firms involved currently are: Data Cabs, Yellow Cabs and New Fforest Cabs


Staff

Staff are being reminded that washing hands with soap and water is the most effective way to prevent transmission of Coronavirus whether at home, in work or visiting someone. You should wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitisers should only be used if you can't access soap and water.

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