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Coronavirus 24 April 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 24 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

New Welsh Government rules on Coronavirus

Please follow the new Welsh Government coronavirus rules in place from midnight tonight. This will save lives.

They include:

  • If you do leave home with a reasonable excuse don't stay out to do other things;
  • Keep 2m apart in click & collect locations and in cafes/canteens still open such as those in hospitals and schools.

Show you're #HereForSwansea by continuing to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

 

Cabinet meets to consider hospital funding

The Council's Cabinet is set to approve spending up to £15m on emergency building works for the 1,000-bed field hospital at Bay Studios on Fabian Way at a meeting on Monday.

Construction work on Bay Field Hospital has been going on for just over three weeks and has seen the area transformed from a 1950s manufacturing site to a 21st century field hospital capable of dealing with a surge in demand for beds for patients due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cabinet Members are due to attend a 'remote' meeting to consider the report. It will be the first Swansea Cabinet meeting ever held this way and it's taking place under emergency regulations agreed by Welsh Government on April 22.

Although the meeting will not be broadcast live, a recording will be available to the public at a later date. Future council meetings which are required to take place during the Coronavirus are expected to take place in public online when appropriate technology is operational.

 

Bay Field Hospital

Work is progressing at pace on the creation of the Bay Field Hospital off Fabian Way. It will soon offer more than 1,000 extra beds to the NHS.

Work on phase one in recent days has included the laying of cabling, the installation of lighting and switches, the installation of fire doors and other doors and the creation of nursing hygiene stations. Other phases are also underway. The council and partners such as Kier and TRJ are working seven days a week, with night shifts too. More information on www.swansea.gov.uk/HospitalRises 

 

Serving our city

We've joined up with charity organisations across the city in a 'Swansea Together' campaign that's preparing and delivering 1,000 meals a week to vulnerable and homeless people during the coronavirus crisis.

Each week volunteers prepare the meals at five venues around the city - Matthews House, Goggi's, The Shared Plate, Swansea City FC and Mecca Bingo. They are then transported using community transport schemes including the Council's own transport service to get the meals to those who are unable to either cook food themselves or have difficulty buying food.

 

Workers' Memorial Day

We're urging people to join in a minute's silence at 11.00am on Tuesday, April 28, for International Workers' Memorial Day. The minute's silence takes place every year around the world. This year it will be an opportunity to salute and pay tribute to the effort of workers who continue to do vital work and to those who've lost their lives to Coronavirus.

 

Small business support

A small number of applications for business grant submitted did not reach us. If you submitted your application before 10th April and have not yet received a payment or response from us, please contact our business rates team by emailing business.rates@swansea.gov.uk  

In the meantime we've drafted-in additional staff to help process applications from businesses that have applied for business grant support. So far we've paid out more than £31.5m to almost 2,600 eligible small businesses. Following the completion of the majority of applications, the team is now focusing on applications where queries have arisen.

Queries have included cases where application forms have only been partly completed or the wrong account reference has been submitted. Also, and more often, where businesses have not reported that they have occupied commercial premises when they moved in.  In some cases businesses that have applied may have applied under one name but are known to the council under another name and need to be checked out.

There is more information, including FAQs, at this link: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses

 

Contender on social media

A musical production originally co-produced by Swansea's Grand Theatre is to have its online premiere tonight. The Contender is set to be broadcast online in an initiative organised by its creator, Mumbles-based Mal Pope.

The show tells the story of mid-20th century Welsh champion boxer Tommy Farr and ran at The Grand in 2007. A recording of it is due to be shown at the same time on YouTube and Facebook from 7.30pm. Watch here: www.contenderthemusical.com

 

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: www.swansea.gov.uk/morebags. 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 www.swansea.gov.uk/requestmorebags

 

Nile Rodgers at Singleton Park

The promoters of The Nile Rodgers and CHIC Feels Like Summer Party scheduled for Singleton Park has been postponed to July 30, 2021. The promoters say all tickets remain valid for the new date.

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