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Coronavirus 14 May 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 14 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Botanical Gardens receiving tender loving care

Fans of Singleton Park's Botanical Gardens will be pleased to hear that it's being looked after well during the pandemic by the council's parks team so people can enjoy it again when visitors are allowed to return.

The gardens are home to one of Wales' premier plant collections with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses. Normally the May period is one of the most popular months of the year for visits.

But at the moment only the council's maintenance team is allowed on site where they've been looking after the plants, lawns, ornamental and wildflower gardens as well as preparing hanging baskets which are being distributed this month.

Currently they're carrying out essential maintenance, weeding beds and cutting grass. Shortly they'll be stripping out the spring bedding and tulips before digging over the beds to start planting the summer bedding.

All this is being done while adhering strictly to social distancing rules.

Botanical Gardens are getting tender loving care during lockdown

 

Clap for our carers

Tonight, in honour of all critical frontline workers from the public sector, health services, voluntary and private sector, we'll be turning the Guildhall rainbow coloured.

They are all working flat-out to protect our communities and save lives. Please stand on your doorsteps at 8.00pm to show your appreciation with a round of applause. It is much appreciated at this challenging time.

Our rainbow tribute will switch on when the sky goes dark.

 

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: https://gov.wales/wales-extends-coronavirus-lockdown

 

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 www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk

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

 

Funeral directors praise council bereavement services

Council bereavement staff in Swansea have been praised by local funeral directors for their support since the coronavirus outbreak. One commented: "I could not have done my job without the efforts of the Council's Bereavement Services Team who have been so helpful throughout this period."

Lyndon Elsey, Swansea Council's Bereavement Services Registrar, said: "Since the introduction of the Welsh Government Regulations in March we have had to implement several changes to the way we operate our admin system".

"We also introduced many changes at the crematorium and cemeteries to keep people safe at funerals, but with the full support of our funeral directors we have managed to overcome the difficulties to allow burials and cremations to take place without any disruption for bereaved families."

 

Pets of the vulnerable won't go hungry

Swansea residents who make use of the city's foodbanks and who are also pet owners have access to additional items thanks to the support of businesses.

Swansea Council's Cultural Services team has contacted a number of local suppliers and they have been overwhelmed by the thousands of items of pet food supplied by these businesses. Pet food, where required, is now being included in foodbank parcels. It started going out last week, is available at food banks and is included in crisis care packages if required. The goods have been donated by a number of companies, including Pet Superstore Swansea, Burns Pet Nutrition, Cambrian Pet Foods Ltd and Pets Choice.

More: www.swansea.gov.uk/FoodbankPets

 

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 www.swansea.gov.uk/bookbulkcollection

 

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