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Coronavirus 19 May 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 19 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Volunteer saves a life

A community volunteer has helped to save the life of an elderly man to whom she has been delivering food since the start of the pandemic.

Aisha Rayhanna Amer has been making regular food drops at the pensioner's home and had got to know him.

Last week she called to make a delivery but had no answer when she knocked at his door. After a number of visits resulted in no answer she called police. They found him in his bedroom having suffered a suspected stroke. He is now in hospital in a stable condition. Read more on Facebook here.

 

People from USA and China accessing our lifelong learning courses

Our Lifelong Learning is offering all its courses in the summer term online and free of charge and it has not gone unnoticed on the other side of the world.

Tutors have developed short teaching videos and downloadable resources for learners.

There have already been lots of compliments from those taking part and a small number of learners from as far afield as Italy, the USA and Australia have joined in.

A full list of the summer term programme and how to join in can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/lifelonglearning

 

Golf clubs

A number of private golf clubs have re-opened, including those at Pennard, Langland, Clyne and Fairwood. The Welsh Government has issued guidance on how golf clubs are allowed to operate.

This guidance states that playing golf on your own or with a member of your household on a course that is local to your home is allowed. There is more information about this and other guidance in the form of FAQs at this link: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

 

Chance to bid for work on schools construction

Welsh businesses are invited to find out what opportunities will be available during three Swansea school construction schemes. They can "attend" a virtual meet-the-buyer event to discuss the schemes with main contractor Kier Construction.

Organisers of this Thursday's free event include Kier and the council which is driving the projects at Bishopston Comprehensive School, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tan-y-lan. Full story: www.swansea.gov.uk/SchoolsMTB

 

Kingsway upgrade restarts

A small number of work crews have restarted work on The Kingsway Infrastructure Project. Contractors working on our behalf began a phased return to work yesterday.

They will work to latest government coronavirus guidelines to keep themselves and the public safe. For more information about the Kingsway project please go here: www.swansea.gov.uk/thekingsway

 

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. The safety of our customers and staff is our priority and we are carefully considering Government advice and guidance. 

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


Staff

Staff who are currently working from home are being reminded they should continue to do so until further notice.

There have been rumours that staff working from home will be expected to return in the next fortnight. This is not correct. There are no plans in the short term for staff working from home to return to work at 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, and this should only take place with the permission of their line manager.

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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