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Coronavirus 28 April 2020 - 3.15pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Tenancy repairs

Our maintenance teams are continuing to assist council tenants with emergency home repairs during the coronavirus pandemic. We've carried out hundreds of emergency repairs, including 250 in the last week, some of them out of hours.

To request an emergency repair tenants can phone 01792 521500 (Monday-Thursday 5.00pm-8.30am and Friday 4.30pm to Monday 8.30am) or 01792 635100 (Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5.00pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm). 

Other important emergency phone numbers include: Police, Fire, Ambulance - 999; Gas leaks - 0800 111999; Power failure - 0800 052 0400. 

Those seeking a council home repair that is not an emergency should continue to request a housing repair online via www.swansea.gov.uk/requesthousingrepair.

 

Nantong sends us PPE kit

We've taken delivery of a consignment of personal protection equipment from Nantong, a sister city in China. Goggles and facemasks were delivered to the council at the Guildhall and they'll be used by council staff in frontline roles dealing with the Covid-19 crisis. We've extended our thanks to the people of Nantong for their gesture of support.

 

Dogs on beaches

If you are taking your exercise on one of our beaches with your four-legged friend while the coronavirus restrictions are in place, remember the byelaw comes into effect on May 1 - restricting dog owners to certain beaches in Swansea and Gower. There are 15 beaches in Swansea where dogs are permitted all year round and a small number of beaches where dogs are not permitted.

You can find out more on our 'Dogs on Beaches' page here: www.swansea.gov.uk/dogsonbeaches

 

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 www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirushelp and if possible people should check here first before emailing us on covid19@swansea.gov.uk.

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 on www.swanseacitycentre.com/covid-19-updates/

 

Council house rents team

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

To contact the rents team, email rentsteam@swansea.gov.uk or phone them on 01792 534094.

Contact the benefits team at benefits@swansea.gov.uk or go to the website at www.swansea.gov.uk/benefits

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