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Coronavirus 5 June 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 5 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Schools update

We've written to parents of pupils at city schools to reassure them we are working closely with schools and other partners to plan for a safe re-opening of schools in Swansea.

We intend to publish FAQs on Monday and we will be opening a helpline for parents and carers. These are is designed to support schools as they plan and prepare for the changes that will be needed when schools re-open on 29 June.

By then 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. More information here: Coronavirus - schools/colleges information


Foodbank Sketty Park

More than 50 families and individuals a week are turning to the Sketty Park food bank for support during the current crisis.

The HOP Foodbank is part of a network of community foodbanks across Swansea helping to support families in crisis.

The HOP Foodbank is based at Sketty Park Community Centre, Heather Crescent. It's open every Wednesday from 11.00am-1.00pm. Members of the public can drop off donations during opening hours and there is a collection basket in CK's, Sketty Park.

More on the HOP Foodbank -, 07790972407.


Indoor market

While you've been in lockdown, we've been transforming your indoor market with a £440,000 improvements package at the award-winning venue. 

The first of five projects to begin is the creation of a new public toilet unit. It is near the market's Quadrant entrance and it will have three unisex cubicles, including a fully accessible unit, and a Changing Places facility for those with profound care needs.

The facility will be free to use, will be open during market opening times and will be maintained by market staff.


Keeping our traffic moving

Our highways teams are continuing their efforts to keep the city on the move and have been carrying out hundreds of road repairs since the start of the lockdown.

Major projects like the £750,000 Broadway interchange and the £250,000 Loughor Bridge refurbishment have re-started and more than 530 essential repairs have been completed, including the £80,000 re-surfacing of the A483 between Jct 47 of the M4 and the Cadle roundabout.


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 our webpage to find out what to do next:


As more services begin to reopen, and limited numbers of staff start to return to our buildings it is vital that we maintain focus on some key points to keep ourselves and others safe and prevent the spread of the virus wherever possible. 

We must continue to maintain social distancing, good hygiene and follow the risk assessment control measures in-place. We should only conduct face to face visits and meetings where there is no alternative and arrangements are in-place to socially distance to protect people.

There is further information here:


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