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Coronavirus 3 June 2020 - 3.15pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 3 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Schools update

We have already been working closely with schools and other partners to plan for a safe re-opening of schools in Swansea.

Now that the Minister has announced the Welsh Government's intentions we will continue work to finalise our arrangements and, when ready, schools will be contacting parents and carers directly.

We will also be publicising our plans and will have a helpline available for parents and carers well before the planned opening date. We will have consistent guidelines and will be using these once they are received from Welsh Government.

We will also be sharing further guidance from the Welsh Government on managing facilities and logistical arrangements.

The key points that the Minister has said are:

  • All schools are to re-open from June 29 for a trial and transition period
  • Pupils may need to be brought into schools in very small groups due to social distancing and it is anticipated that no school would have any more than a third of pupils in school at any one time
  • The plan is to extend the remaining term by one week. That means schools will be open for four weeks before the summer break starting on 27 July
  • All schools are being asked to make available a check-in and catch-up session for every child to attend over the four-week period
  • Attendance will be voluntary and there will not be any fines should pupils not attend
  • From June 29 the children of key or front line workers will attend their normal school

Since schools closed in March the majority in Swansea have been operating as emergency childcare hubs, providing childcare for around 500 vulnerable young people or pupils whose parents are key workers. This will continue in the meantime.

Distance learning via the Swansea Virtual School and other channels used by our schools during the lockdown will also continue.

 

NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect

We're working with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Neath Port Talbot Council to provide a Covid-19 testing and contact tracing service for the region in support of the Welsh Government's Test, Trace, Protect strategy,

The service started on 1 June, and is concentrating mainly on key workers and care homes initially.

If you are a critical worker, and have symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the health board's webpage to find out what to do next: https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/latest-health-advice/coronavirus/test-trace-protect/

Please play your part - report symptoms, get tested, identify your contacts, and follow advice to self-isolate. Together we can help keep Swansea Neath Port Talbot safe.

 

Recycling update

Our city's recycling centres are to extend the range of materials they'll accept from Thursday 4 June.

All five centres will be back to a near normal service in terms of the recycling materials residents can bring to the recycling centres.

Black bags and other non-recyclable waste will not be accepted at any site and the Tip Treasures shop at Llansamlet will remain closed for the time being.

The new changes have been made possible thanks to the support of local residents who have been using the service only when really necessary.

Before setting out on a visit, please check this website to find out what recycling materials the centre will take: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

 

Ty Tom Jones

We're here for the homeless people who need support and a roof over their heads during the pandemic.

Last month the council approved a £400,000 project to re-furbish Ty Tom Jones in Alexandra Road for 20 people in need of support, and now those who need it are moving in.

Homelessness charities The Wallich and Caer Las are now delivering specialist support for the residents, including access to medical care, harm reduction support, counselling, budgeting and advice to help them with their mental and physical wellbeing.

 

Beach car parks

We're grateful to residents and potential visitors who've heeded our advice and chosen not to visit our beaches at this time.

While council-operated beach car parks are open, there are still restrictions in place which means you should only travel to these locations if you live within five miles.

Public toilets are still unavailable until we can ensure social distancing and your safety can be maintained.

The RNLI is also not providing a Lifeguard service at present so beach visitors need to be extra careful if entering the water.

 

First Cymru bus services

FirstCymru have issued a new timetable for their bus services in the Swansea area. According to their website, First Cymru buses will be operating at a reduced capacity with around one in four seats being available. Government advice continues to be that people should use public transport only when absolutely essential. Swansea Bus Station remains closed and the council is putting signage up at bus stops asking people to observe social distancing regulations

For general information about First Cymru buses go to this link: https://bit.ly/2XZ2NNN

For information about First Cymru timetable changes go to this link: https://bit.ly/2XXtwdS

 

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.

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


Staff

Cycle to work

This year's Cycle2Work scheme has just been launched. The scheme offers staff the chance to purchase cycles at reduced cost and runs until 27 July.

Although the scheme takes place every year, it's especially useful to staff during the Coronavirus pandemic because it's a way of inexpensively avoiding using public transport at a time when people are being asked to keep two metres away from others.

The cycle to work scheme is a government-approved salary sacrifice initiative allowing you to hire a bike and accessories from your employer for the purpose of cycling to work.

Apart from being useful to those wishing to avoid public transport during the pandemic, the hire is also free of tax and national insurance which means you can make savings whilst keeping fit, reducing your carbon footprint and spending less time in your car.

The Cycle2Work scheme will not affect an employee's pension if they are part of the Local Government Pension Scheme. There's more information on Staffnet - www.swansea.gov.uk/staffnet/cycletowork

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