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Coronavirus 7 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 7 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.

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Rest centre appeal

The Council and its partners in the British Red Cross have launched an appeal to local businesses for folding camp beds, bedding and other routine supplies than are sometimes needed in an emergency.

It's all part of an effort to create a temporary rest centre that could swing into action if there's a non-Coronavirus major incident in the city such as a major fire or evacuation of residents.

Any group or organisation who might be able to help should contact or call 01792 636000.


Domestic abuse

Anyone at risk of domestic abuse during the current Coronavirus restrictions are being reassured that help is at hand.

Swansea Council's Domestic Abuse Hub and Independent Domestic Violence Advisors continue to operate, providing safety advice and emotional support to those currently at risk, although the Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop is currently closed to the public.

Other agencies are also operating including Swansea Women's Aid, BAWSO and Hafan Cymru.For practical and emotional support ring the Wales Live Fear Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or contact

As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and press 55 if you are unable to speak.


Field Hospital - Bay Studios

Work goes on at our Bay Studios field hospital site. Today's activity includes continued work on new walls and floors inside the existing building and the installation of new water and electric supplies. We're working with @kiergroup & #TRJ.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "The transformation from former factory and film studios continues. There is fantastic work being carried out on site; everyone is working together well, supporting our NHS at this incredibly challenging time, helping to manage the expected upsurge in Coronavirus cases."

Work is scheduled seven days a week 7.00am-7.00pm until completion, including the Easter holiday period. Read more about the conversion here


High 5 Awards

Unfortunately due to the uncertainty of the ongoing situation the High 5 Awards will not be held this year. We hope to be back in the future to continue to recognise and reward inspirational children and young people across the communities in Swansea.


JCP Swansea Half Marathon 2020

Front Runner Events has postponed the 2020 JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Originally scheduled to take place on June 14, it is now due to take place on Sunday, November 1, this year.



Recent guidance published by the Welsh Government has reinforced the message to funeral attendees of the need to observe the two metre social distancing measure. Swansea Council has limited the number of attendees to funerals to ten people to help maintain social distancing rules.


New community podcast

Swansea's cultural community has a new mouthpiece - a podcast. The Come Together Cast, being overseen by Swansea Council and the Swansea Music Hub, is available to all online. It aims to highlight innovative work across the city, share ideas for maintaining wellbeing and entertain residents during the ongoing isolation period. The Come Together Cast podcast is available on Facebook



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


Service Centre

The Service Centre is currently operating remotely, with a small number of staff in the office to cover Cash Management functions. It will continue to make every effort to continue providing services during this period, however there may be a delay in responding to queries, and we thank you for your patience. For further information about changes to services please go to Staffnet

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