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Coronavirus 11 May 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 11 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Stay At Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Residents are being reminded that the Welsh Government guidance for staying safe from Coronavirus remains largely unchanged. You can now exercise more than once a day but you must exercise locally to your home. There has been no change to the requirement that you should not travel or drive to another location for exercise. So please do not travel to parks, beauty spots or beaches.

Garden centres are allowed to re-open but only where they can comply with the two-metre distancing duty. The Welsh Government statement can be found here:


Changes to environment services

We're re-starting bulky waste collections and step-up litter-picking and a number of other environment services. Work to cut back grass and vegetation on roadsides, particularly on Gower, will also be re-introduced following a review of essential cleansing and environmental services.

The measures are designed as part of steps to keep city environments clean, reduce the impact of littering and support local communities. Council cleansing and parks teams will be operating under strict social distancing rules.

Other council services are being considered for a return in the coming weeks, subject to being provided within Welsh Government and UK Government regulations. To book a bulky waste collection go here:


Art world comes to Swansea

Our Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has gone online to bring together artists, cultural historians, museum professionals and academics from around the world. The venue's running an online seminar series that's attracted global attention. The programme will highlight and strengthen the cultural bond between Wales and the Indian subcontinent.

The seminar series - full title Imperial Subjects: (Post)colonial conversations between South Asia and Wales- was originally due to be hosted live at the gallery but the team has worked hard to reschedule the activity in a digital format via video conferencing service Zoom. The series is set to begin tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 May).


Cabinet agrees £450k project to help homeless during Coronavirus

Our Cabinet has approved a £400,000 project to help ensure nobody needs to be homeless in Swansea during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The funding will allow Ty Tom Jones in Alexandra Road to be re-opened as accommodation for 20 single homeless people for a year to help support them during the pandemic.


Info-Nation's connecting to you

Infonation, our young people's service, is running a #StayConnected campaign for young people during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since it closed its doors on Kingsway in March as part of the effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus, the team has been operating online and emergency services to support young people with the daily challenges they face or if they are in crisis.

As part of its #StayConnected campaign for all young people, living in Swansea, Info-Nation is offering a Daily Digital Drop-in Every weekday, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Its open to any young people living in Swansea.

To get in touch, contact: or email


Staff who have been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic should not be returning to work at their base location without permission from their line managers.

There have been some examples of staff drifting back to their base locations. At present, only those working in critical roles where they must attend their base location for meetings are allowed to do so.

Staff working from home should maintain regular contact with their manager and colleagues, take regular breaks and avoid being 'always on' by identifying non-working time.

You should also ensure you are taking steps to look after your health and wellbeing, including managing your work station and other equipment you use for work.

Please ensure, along with your line manager, that you:

  • consider your working environment and your health and safety
  • review your Display Screen Equipment Self-Assessment and revisit the online DSE training to ensure you're working safely
  • check you have the right equipment to enable you to work from home and that it's set up in the correct manner
  • agree monitoring arrangements, work programmes and targets
  • ensure that you should inform utility providers, insurance companies and mortgage providers of your intention to work at home
  • agree hours of work
  • agree contact arrangements, which may mean regular email contact confirm start and finish times
  • discuss requirements for attendance at the office for team meetings and training or to cover peaks in workload
  • consider any procedures that are different for home workers

Additional Health and Safety advice and guidance is available via staffnet on 

More information is available under the 'working from home' section of staff FAQs which can be found on

In addition, the ICT team has produced a guidance leaflet to help manage ICT security at home, which can be found on Staffnet - Working from Home guidance leaflet 

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