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Coronavirus 12 May 2020 - 3.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 12 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

New testing unit for Covid-19

We've joined with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Swansea City FC to create a Coronavirus testing unit in the Liberty Stadium car park capable of doing 360 tests a day.

The facility is for health care workers and social care workers only by appointment.

Last week the council handed over the first phase of the Bay Field Hospital on Fabian Way to the health board. Now we've worked with the board and the Swans to build a six-lane Covid-19 testing unit at the stadium in just two days.

Work on the six-lane drive-through facility at the Liberty Stadium started last Wednesday and took just two days to complete. The first cars arrived there yesterday.

The unit complements another opened by the health board in Port Talbot in March. Around 150 people a day can be tested at the Margam unit, while the Liberty will be able to test up to an additional 360 people daily.


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:


Sheltered housing residents - we're only a short distance away

Our sheltered housing residents are being supported so they don't feel alone during the pandemic. There are 31 council-operated sheltered housing complexes in Swansea and a team of wardens are on hand to help residents with day-to-day needs like picking up essential goods and making trips to the chemist to collect medicines.

Eirwen Murphy, Warden at Ger y Pant in Pontarddulais says: "On a daily basis, I will speak to the tenants via the telephone or intercom system to see if they are OK. I try to reassure the tenants that I am here for them and I also encourage those that are able to try and get out of their homes for exercise."


Bulky waste collection services resumes

Our bulky waste collection service has now resumed and is taking bookings from residents. Full details about how to book and the important social distancing and other steps which must be taken to keep householders and the service team safe are available on the website at


Market traders delivering to 400+ customers

Our city's award-winning indoor market traders are keeping the flag flying and hundreds of residents fed with local produce during the Coronavirus lockdown. They've set up a delivery network in collaboration with other traders to serve customers across the city and beyond.

The Indoor Market is currently closed but the council has committed to a near-£440,000 improvement package that will include a multi-purpose communal area, public toilets, free public Wi-Fi, new interactive LED signs and improved entrances. 

Mark Adams, who operates the well-known Billy Upton's butchers said the move to online services and deliveries has been a real eye-opener for him and the wider market community.

For more information about the delivery service go to 

The market traders and many other local businesses are also on our list of businesses providing food and take-away meals.


Swansea Music hub's online lessons

Our schools music service, Swansea Music, has gone online to keep young musicians busy during lockdown with bite-size lessons, fun games, quizzes and PlayAlong and SingAlong opportunities.

The service now has its own section on the council's Swansea Virtual School site 

The site is not just open to those pupils currently receiving tuition through Swansea Music, the E-Music Clubs are accessible to all pupils.

They are split into three sections for all levels of interest:

  • E-Trad Music Clubs which will have a short lessons for a range of instruments and vocalists
  • E-Trad 'PlayAlong & SingAlong' Music Clubs where pupils can join in with a virtual performance
  • E-Music Genius clubs with practical information, quizzes and games

To check them out just go to the website.


Prince's Gate delivers for foodbanks

Welsh bottled water company Prince's Gate has dived in with a donation of a ton of water for our foodbanks and to help thirsty staff at the new Liberty Stadium Covid-19 testing unit.

Prince's Gate normally donate bottled water to the night-time economy team in the city centre to support services for people on a night out. But while the pandemic continues the company have decided to switch support to foodbanks and the testing unit instead.


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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