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Coronavirus 23 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 23 April 2020.

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Swansea Bay Studios Field Hospital

More than 300 workers were on site one day this week as the creation of the Bay Field Hospital continues off Fabian Way. The council and partners such as Kier and TRJ are working seven days a week, with night shifts too. Within a short time the hospital will offer more than 1,000 extra beds to the NHS. 

Recent work has included the installation of doors, washroom facilities, air-con units, cabling and vinyl flooring in phase one. Further phases are underway too, with a great deal of carpentry work taking place to create the framework of more wards, corridors and other areas. 

The transformation from 1950s factory units to 2020 hospital over the past 17 days has been a feat of great teamwork, collaboration, energy and expertise. Find out more at:



Clap for our carers

We'll be turning the Guildhall blue again this evening in honour of all the front line workers at the council doing essential work to help keep people safe, protect the NHS and save lives. Please join in from your doorsteps at 8.00pm.


Small business support

Businesses working out ways to get themselves and employees through the Coronavirus crisis can drop in to an online one-stop information centre. The page has been set up by our Economic Development Team and is regularly updated.

The page is packed with business-related advice ranging from ideas on how to access Welsh Government grants and loans, the UK government's job retention scheme, HMRC support and much else besides.

For more information go to:


Swansea Arena

The Swansea skyline is changing as work starts on the steel skeletons for the new indoor arena and allied buildings. Work on the huge steel frames of the £135m site began on Monday. Specialist contractors are doing the work in innovative ways to ensure their teams comply with all Coronavirus guidelines. 

Part of the arena framework is up on the former Oystermouth Road car park along with a central element of the multi-storey car park on the opposite side of the road. The latter, at 24m tall, towers over the neighbouring Quadrant multi-storey car park.



One of our newest foodbanks based out of Penlan Social Club is already helping families in the area at this difficult time. The foodbank is one of a network of community foodbanks springing up across Swansea to help support families in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Penlan foodbank has only been going a week and already more than 30 local people have been helped by a team of eight volunteers who answered a call for help.To find out more about the Penlan foodbank or make a donation contact Local Area Co-ordinator Dominic Nutt on 07813 355615 or email him at


Hanging baskets

Residents are being offered the chance to add a bit of colour and brightness to homes and communities this summer. Our parks team are preparing the way for the return of hanging baskets to homes and communities next month. And residents who've not yet ordered theirs can safely add some colour to their homes knowing that deliveries will be made within Coronavirus social distancing rules. More information at: 


Swansea Museum

Those looking for stimulating lockdown activities can now take a trip back into Swansea's past as our Swansea Museum staff are hosting a series of online talks about the area's heritage. The first of the Swansea History Talks is online now - an informative and pictorial presentation on the world's first passenger railway, The Mumbles Railway. To find out more go to


Need more recycling bags?

We've got a range of ways you can use to get fresh supplies:

  • Use the tag with the bags and leave it out so the crews can supply some more
  • Use the following link to find a list of locations that issue recycling bags: But, please only go to one of these locations if you are already on a planned journey
  • You can order online for any type of bag required, including paid-for garden bags at



Staff are being asked to volunteer to take on temporary roles in support of our critical services during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are asking staff to sign-up to take on new jobs to provide services that will help the people of Swansea, protect the NHS and help them save lives.

For more information on how to apply please visit

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