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Coronavirus 29 May 2020 - 3.15pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 29 May 2020.

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Contact tracing to start with care homes and key workers

Contact tracing is rolling out in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot from Monday, starting initially with testing for key workers and care homes.

Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils are redeploying staff to support Swansea Bay University Health Board deliver the Welsh Government's Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) programme which will help ease the country out of lockdown.

Contact tracing means testing people for coronavirus, tracking the spread of the virus and then tracing the people an infected person has come into contact with.

People who have come into close contact with someone who's tested positive for the virus will then be asked to self-isolate.

Social distancing

It's going to be a brilliant, sunny weekend. But please remember the social distancing rules are still in place as re-iterated by First Minister Mark Drakeford today. Please keep two meters from other people who are not members of your household when you are out. This will help to keep you and your family safe and protect the NHS.

Takeaway food

We want to remind restaurants, cafés and pubs of their responsibilities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Licence holders must check their licences before offering such services and can contact for clarification.

Those which have an appropropriate licence and do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway are able to do so but all reasonable measures must be put in place to ensure that two metres distance is maintained between persons on the premises, as well as people waiting to enter the premises.

Foodbanks providing families with a vital service

Before the coronavirus crisis the foodbank at St Thomas Church in Swansea opened for two hours on a Tuesday where it would be lifeline for as many as 15 families on a busy week.

But since mid-March we've been supporting volunteers to keep the doors open Monday to Friday and are responding to emergency calls in the evenings and at weekends.

Over 230 households have been supported with food parcels supplemented with fresh produce donated by local stores and supermarkets. There's more information on opening times and how you can donate here:

Recycling update

We have re-opened our 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. 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.



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 (TTP)

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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