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Coronavirus 28 May 2020 - 2.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 28 May 2020.

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Child care

Hundreds of youngsters are being looked after this half term at more than 50 emergency child care settings based in our schools so parents in critical roles can continue to work.

Although schools have been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, some children of key workers as well as some of Swansea's most vulnerable young people have been attending where there is no other childcare alternatives available.

This week more than 50 schools are open as emergency childcare settings and 22 operated on Bank Holiday Monday. On an average day around 500 children and young people attend.


Video conferencing "first" for schools schemes

Coronavirus restrictions meant that Swansea hosted a "first" when a meet-the-buyer event went online. Such activity usually brings businesses physically face to face with main contractors seeking to attract sub-contractors to major projects. On this occasion, however, more than 50 enterprises eager to be part of three Swansea school construction schemes used Microsoft Teams video conferencing to discuss opportunities available. The free event was organised by Kier, Business Wales, Sell 2 Wales and Swansea Council. Full story:


Recycling update

From today we are re-opening Llansamlet and Clyne recycling centres to van owners who already have permits to bring domestic waste here.

We'd like to say a big thank you to residents for helping to keep traffic coming to our recycling centres at manageable levels since they re-opened on Tuesday. It makes a big difference in ensuring visitors and staff stay safe.

Before setting out for a visit please check our list of materials that we will take:

We will be reviewing these measures on a regular basis and announcing any changes here and on social media.



We'll be turning the Guildhall blue once again tonight in support of all the critical workers at the council, the NHS and elsewhere who are working to protect our communities and save lives. Please stand on your doorsteps at 8.00pm to show your appreciation with a round of applause.


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.


Residents' parking permits

Residents with parking permits are to get an automatic three-month extension on their permits. Those who have emails linked to their permits have already been informed of the move, which is part of our response to supporting residents through the Coronavirus crisis. Those residents who have a mobile phone linked to their account are being informed by text and those who are linked via a landline are being contacted by staff directly to inform them of the extension. 


Half-term prizes on offer

Our Enjoy team is staging an online 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.



Staying safe

Staying safe during lockdown is important for us all, and there is always help available for staff if you need it as part of the Safer Swansea Partnership.

We've been working with partners to help prevent domestic abuse and to provide support for those affected which can be found on our social media pages, but we also have internal policies and procedures as well.

If you or someone you know has concerns about domestic abuse then you can speak to your manager, or look at our policy here:


Test, Trace and Protect

Test, Trace and Protect teams are preparing to start work in Swansea Bay to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

We're working with Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Bay University Health Board to run the service.

For further information contact Mathew Fisher or Alison Summers in HR&OD.

Here's Laura to explain the importance of the role and the work involved: 

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