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Coronavirus 8 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 8 April 2020.

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Could you be a paid carer?

Swansea Council has launched an urgent appeal to recruit temporary paid carers to help support older and vulnerable people in our communities during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The council is especially interested in returners - those who've experience of the care sector as residential or domiciliary care workers and would be willing to come back to the sector. But the appeal is also going out to those with little or no experience as training will be provided.

If you want to be part of the team supporting us to support the NHS and our communities, find out more on www.swansea.gov.uk/coronaviruscareroles

 

Holiday accommodation

Hotels, B&Bs, holiday chalets, caravan parks, campsites, holiday apartments and any other holiday accommodation should now be closed unless specifically requested to open by the Council or Welsh Ministers.

There are exemptions to the closures specifically for people who are unable to return to their main residence, or are using the accommodation as their main residence. The property owners must ensure they keep accurate records of any such circumstances.

A person responsible for holiday accommodation may also carry on providing information or other services through a website, or otherwise by on-line communication, by telephone, including enquiries by text message, or by post.

Please e-mail hph@swansea.gov.uk if you think these restrictions may apply to you and have any queries.

 

Small business grants update

Hundreds of city small businesses are seeing millions of pounds dropping into their bank accounts as Swansea Council works flat-out to support them during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Already around £13.2m in grants has been paid out to businesses in the city under arrangements announced by the Welsh Government.

At least another £10m in grants are being approved and they should be arriving in accounts over the coming days.

The Council is urging small businesses to request a grant payment via our online form if they have not done so already www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant .
Queries about applications can be made by email only to business.rates@swansea.gov.uk 

As staff are concentrating on making payments, a response may not be sent straight away.

 

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 Contact@swansea.gov.uk or call 01792 636000.

 

Funerals

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


Staff

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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