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Coronavirus 26 May 2020 - 2.45pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 26 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Update on recycling

We'd like to say a big thank you to residents for listening to our messaging regarding recycling centre reopenings today which has allowed us to keep traffic to manageable levels.

We'd also like to say thanks to those who have visited our sites so far for keeping to the social distancing regulations.

All restrictions, including the types of materials accepted, are still in place. Please ensure that before you visit a recycling centre you read this: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

We will be reviewing these measures on a regular basis and announce any changes to these on the recycling site pages and via the main council channels.

 

Business grants

Almost 3,500 city small businesses have been given more than £43.7m in grants to help support them through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Welsh Government launched the small business grants scheme last month to help businesses across Wales access emergency funding, and in Swansea 3,469 have benefited from the scheme so far.

To help businesses chart their way through grant and loan opportunities we've set up web pages highlighting all the other opportunities for business support that are available.

This can be found at: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses.

Grant applications can be made online www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant

In addition the Welsh Government set up its own website to share the other measures it was taking to support business at: businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

 

City centre rangers

Swansea's city centre rangers have returned to full-time duty. The team has been on limited duties during lockdown but will now offer shoppers and businesses a fuller service.

They will work to latest government guidelines and observe social distancing measures.

 

School's out

We've put together a handy guide for young people looking for more things to do during the half-term period. The School's Out web pages are popular and point families in the direction of a range of activities that can be enjoyed at home. The material ranges from gripping information about science and nature to tips on fitness and wellbeing from the council's sport and exercise referral teams as well as Sport Wales.


There's also information from the council's parks team on growing plants at home and links to virtual tours from around the world and activities from the council's cultural venues. There's more info here: www.swansea.gov.uk/schoolsout

 

Blue badges

Blue badge holders are being reminded to check their badge is still valid and to get it renewed if it's within a month of expiring. While many blue badge-holders may be self-isolating or making only essential journeys, badges need to be kept up-to-date.

Online re-applications are being taken from the badge-holder or their representative here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

Re-applying now will help ensure there are no delays in processing re-applications when pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

Further information, including details of how to apply for the first time, can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/bluebadge

 

Mayhill Foodbank

The team behind a successful foodbank in Uplands are helping Mayhill, Townhill and Gors  residents through the pandemic by setting up one in their community.

Members of the city's LifePoint Church have run a foodbank from the base in Uplands for around three years. And that experience is proving vital as they now offer a similar service in Mayhill.

The Mayhill Foodbank is based at Mayhill Community Centre, Mayhill Road. It's open every Thursday from 1.00pm-3.00pm. Members of the public can drop off donations by arrangement after emailing or phoning the foodbank - 01792 472828, office@lifepoint.org.uk

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