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Coronavirus 27 April 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 27 April 2020.

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Bay Field Hospital

Our Cabinet has agreed spending of up to £15m on emergency building works for the 1,000-bed field hospital at Bay Studios on Fabian Way. The meeting was among the first Cabinet meetings in Wales to be held remotely - allowing members to dial-in online from their own homes rather than gather as a group in a building.

The meeting was told the cost of the eight-week project will ultimately be paid for by Swansea Bay University Health Board.

Construction work on Bay Field Hospital has been going on for just over three weeks and has seen the site 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. Work on site progressed at pace at the weekend.

The council and partners such as Kier and TRJ are working seven days a week, with night shifts too. More: 


New Welsh Government rules on Coronavirus

We're urging employers and businesses uncertain of any aspects of the newly-introduced Welsh Government Coronavirus Regulations to get in touch for all the latest information and advice. Among the provisions contained in the new law is a requirement for businesses to take all reasonable steps to ensure that staff are able to maintain the two-metre physical distancing measure for staff and customers.

The public are being advised to report any businesses breaching the health regulations to their local authority by emailing

New Welsh Government coronavirus guidelines can be found here.


Call centre update

Our virtual call centre has assisted more than 1,000 isolated and very vulnerable residents in Swansea who have been advised by the Chief Medical Officer Wales to shield themselves from Coronavirus for 12 weeks.

There is lots of information about the support available for all residents on our website at and if possible people should check here first.

If you, or someone you know, are isolated and vulnerable in Swansea and do not have friends, family, neighbours or voluntary services to help with essential tasks such as collecting prescriptions or accessing food, please email us at and we will get back to you or them.

Those without access to email can call us on 01792 636363 but please appreciate we receive a high volume of calls at certain times of the day.
If you have an isolated and vulnerable friend, neighbour or relative who needs help, please pass on our details.


City centre retailers still delivering

We've put together a list of businesses in the city centre offering a delivery service and published a list of city centre shops currently open.

Those offering delivery services include market stalls such as meat suppliers Billy Upton Family Butchers, Country Quality Meats, Hugh Phillips Butchers and Simpsons Butchers, greengrocers Get Fresh and The Choice is Yours and others such as Brontosaurus, Davies of Mumbles, Healthworld, Pandora's Box and Swansea Bay Records.

For a full list go to our list of local food and essential items suppliers.


Council house rents team

Council housing tenants who may be struggling to make ends meet due to the Coronavirus are being urged to get in touch if they are finding it difficult to pay their rent.

The Council understands that these are challenging times and if a council tenant's income is affected they should not delay contacting the Rents Team who may be able to help.

Although the District Housing Offices are currently closed to the public, officers are on hand to answer telephone and email enquiries.

To contact the rents team, email or phone them on 01792 534094.

Contact the benefits team at or go to the website at


Workers' Memorial Day

We're urging people to join in a minute's silence at 11.00am on Tuesday, 28 April, 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.

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