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Coronavirus 18 May 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 18 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Kingsway upgrade restarts

A small number of work crews are planning to restart work on The Kingsway Infrastructure Project. Contractors working on our behalf are beginning a phased return to work today.

They will work to latest government coronavirus guidelines to keep themselves and the public safe.

The existing one-way system will continue until supply chains, personnel matters and safety measures allow the planned switch to two-way traffic to go ahead. Once that goes ahead, the scheme will be practically complete. For more information about the Kingsway project please visit www.swansea.gov.uk/thekingsway.

 

Cycle routes construction resumes

We've resumed work on creating a number of key cycle network schemes which had been halted because of Coronavirus. We've reached agreements with our contractors on ways to complete a number of schemes while implementing safe, social distancing measures to protect workers.

Work's started on the A48 shared use path between the M4 near the DVLA headquarters to Penllergaer in the west.  Further works are starting back up to complete the Kingsbridge link between Gorseinon and Gowerton, providing an off-road shared use path for cyclists and walkers.

 

Changes to free school meals

Changes to free school meal provision in Swansea mean that eligible parents and carers can start applying to have the choice of continuing to receive weekly food bags, having direct payments to their bank accounts to provide lunches themselves or opting out of the scheme entirely should they wish. More information on the free school meals during coronavirus page.

 

All libraries in Swansea remain closed until further notice

We are currently in the very early stages of planning for a way to reintroduce some library services, but there is no immediate plan to reopen our libraries.

Safety of our customers and staff is our priority and we are carefully considering Government advice and guidance.  Any proposal to reopen libraries will need careful management and is likely to be phased over an agreed period.  

If you have any items out on loan we will be automatically renewing them for you. If you have any concerns about your account then please contact us at libraryline@swansea.gov.uk.

Did you know that you can access many of our services online? Swansea Libraries members can download FREE e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Swansea Libraries members can use FREE online information resources including World Book Online, Credo Reference and NewsBank. You can sign up online to become a library member to start enjoying access to all our online resources: www.swansea.gov.uk/joinalibrary

 

Stay At Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Residents are being reminded in the countdown to the late May Bank Holiday 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 latest Welsh Government information can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

Support for our communities

There are a number of organisations and who may be able to support residents during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Western Bay Care and Repair service is helping people fill out attendance allowance claim forms. They will complete the form and post it back through the letterbox for the person to send off. They can be reached at: https://www.careandrepair.org.uk/en/your-area/western-bay-care-repair/

Here is a list of the latest contacts:

Citizens Advice Bureau: 0300 330 9082
Swansea Council for Voluntary Service: www.scvs.org.uk/coronavirus-inds
 

Swansea Council's useful links can be found on www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirushelp and include:


Staff

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 www.swansea.gov.uk/staffnet/healthandsafety 

More information is available under the 'working from home' section of staff FAQs which can be found on www.swansea.gov.uk/staffcoronavirusFAQs

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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