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Coronavirus 10 April 2020 - 3.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 10 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Stay at Home, Save Lives

Our campaign calling on residents to stay at home over the weekend is winning approval across the board. Singer and writer Mal Pope has joined the Swans and Ospreys in backing the call aimed at protecting the NHS and saving lives. Swansea Council is urging people to follow UK government guidance and exercise close to home. Swansea's beach car parks and Fendrod Park car park have been closed and taped off to prevent access.


Social care beds

Our social care teams are pulling out all the stops to support the NHS and save lives. By this weekend the Council will have opened 35 new social care beds by drawing on the skills of its regular and agency staff. More beds are being created in the coming weeks to help ease pressure on the NHS. Council increases social care beds to help ease pressure on NHS


Paid carers recruitment

A big thank-you to everyone who's responded so far to our recruitment drive for paid carers to help support older and vulnerable people during the Coronavirus pandemic. Returners to the care sector are very welcome to apply but you don't need experience as training will be given.

If you want to be part of the team supporting us to support the NHS and our communities,apply on


Clap for our carers

Thanks again to everyone who turned out on their doorsteps in support of our critical workers, NHS staff and many others who are playing a significant role in responding to the pandemic. Our refuse and recycling teams, social care workers, child care setting staff and many other council staff are here for Swansea this Easter.


Small business support

Our business rates and accountancy teams have been working flat-out to process small business grants. They've now authorised payments to almost 1,500 small businesses worth nearly £21m, including £4.2m of successful applications processed yesterday alone. Banks can now transfer the money into accounts.


Emergency childcare: weekend and bank holiday

A number of schools will remain open on Saturday and/or Sunday this weekend to support NHS staff and blue light workers. In addition a number of schools will be open on Friday and/or Monday to continue to support critical workers over the bank holiday.

Those schools that are open have contacted parents directly to inform them of the arrangements.

Staff in these settings have volunteered yet again to work outside the working week and we are very grateful for their actions, during these challenging times.


Activities for children

If you need some inspiration when it comes to entertaining your kids, we've put together lots of fun and educational resources to give you some ideas over the next few weeks. Have a look at

You can find sources of advice and activities for those with additional learning needs on too.

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