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Coronavirus 1 June 2020 - 4.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 1 June 2020.

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Beach car parks

Our council-run car parks along Swansea's coastline have reopened to motorists.

The reopening has coincided with changes to restrictions on movement, announced by the Welsh Government, which allow the public to drive five miles within their local area.

Although beach car parks are now open as normal, the Council has been informed by the RNLI that lifeguard supervision will not be in place until later in the year. Signs are now in place at beaches reminding families of this issue. RNLI advice is not to take risks near water. If you do see someone at risk call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

It is also important to note that public toilets in beach car parks and elsewhere which closed as part of the lockdown will remain closed for the foreseeable future, in line with Welsh Government guidance.  


Contact tracing to start with care homes and key workers

Contact tracing is rolling out in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot from this week, 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.


Recycling update

From today onwards we have introduced some new materials for recycling that we will accept at our recycling centres. Scrap metal and small electricals will be accepted at all five sites and carpets will be accepted at Llansamlet, Clyne and Tir John.

Llansamlet and Clyne recycling centres have also re-opened to van owners who already have permits to bring domestic waste.

Before setting out for a visit please check the list of materials we'll take:


Volunteering week

People in Swansea are this week being urged to recognise and thank the thousands of volunteers who give-up their time to make the city a better place for everyone.

The coronavirus pandemic has seen almost 2,400 people step-forward as community champions in all areas of Swansea, alongside more than 1,200 who signed up to help through Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS).

We're also recognising those who volunteer all-year-around to keep community centres running, provide activities, play and sports opportunities for young people, support cultural venues, events and hundreds of charities and voluntary groups.

Volunteers' Week is a UK wide and annual festival of volunteering which takes place from 1-7 June every year. Find out more at


Council meeting on Thursday

Swansea councillors are having a Full Council meeting this week which is set to take place entirely online.

Seventy-one councillors will be involved in the meeting.  Members of the public will be able to tune into the event on June 4 at 10.30am at this link:

This will be the first Full Council meeting to be staged 'remotely' using the Microsoft Teams service.


Road safety tips for children

Our road safety team has been putting together some videos to help youngsters during the pandemic maintain their knowledge about staying safe in the street and while crossing roads.

Basic rules covered in videos developed by the team include looking left and right, as well as crossing between parked cars and using existing pedestrian crossings. More information here:


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:

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