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Coronavirus 21 May 2020 - 2.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 21 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Council staff transform their roles to be #HereForSwansea

Hundreds of our staff have radically changed their roles and re-trained to support the vulnerable in our community. One of them is Seren Aldron who's changed roles from being a librarian to becoming a local area co-ordinator covering Brynhyfryd, Manselton, Cwmbwrla, Cwmdu and Gendros.

Seren says: "Working in the library is a very community focused job as it is an important part of many of users' lives - but what I have witnessed in these last few months is humbling. Despite the gravity of the situation we are living in, our community has risen to the challenge and shown that there is support, comfort and encouragement here when you need it."

Read more of Seren's story on Facebook here

To find out more about the LAC services in your area go to and look up your local area co-ordinator


Recycling centres re-open next week

Our recycling centres will be re-opening next Tuesday. But the services they'll be providing will not be the same as before the lockdown.

We're expecting big queues and should they get too long we may have to turn people away. So please make sure you check our updates about what we'll accept because we don't want people to be disappointed. There's full information here:


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.

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. The latest Welsh Government information can be found here:


Clap for our carers

Tonight we will be lighting up the Guildhall in rainbow colours as we say thank you to all the front line workers who are helping us through the pandemic.

This week the Guildhall tribute is in memory of dedicated Singleton Hospital nurse Liz Spooner who has died from Coronavirus. Liz was a registered nurse in Singleton Hospital for 41 years; predominantly working in the Coronary Care Unit and Ward 9.

Jan Worthing, the hospital's director, paid this tribute to Liz: "Liz will be sorely missed by us all and her death leaves a massive hole in the Singleton Hospital family. Our thoughts are with Liz's daughter Zoe and her family."


Half-term holidays

Keep the children entertained at home this half-term with a range of activities on offer from the council on  Online activities are also being put together by teams from a number of our venues.

As well as that the Enjoy team is also staging a virtual, half-term treasure hunt headed by their mascot Jo Joio. She's heading off on a virtual mission around Swansea's cultural venues and services to discover a mystery word by the end of the week and there'll be prizes on offer. To find out what's happening go to for more information.


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


Tim raises £3,000 for charity

Our social services officer Tim Moss has raised more than £3,000 for charity. He completed 10,000 sponsored push-ups - thousands of them in fancy dress - in just 20 days and invited sponsorship to help the Swansea Bay Health Charity. By the time his 20-day challenge ended he had raised £3,025.


Cloud storage for your work computer files using OneDrive and SharePoint

Our ICT team is urging staff to continue to sort personal files on their PCs ready for transferring them to the OneDrive cloud-based storage system and SharePoint. Staff are also being asked to stop using their 'h-drive' for saving documents.

ICT is asking that staff do this as soon as possible because it will improve digital resilience and improve agile working, particularly at a time when many staff are working from home.

For more information please go to this link:        

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