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Coronavirus 11 June 2020 - 3.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 11 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Business rates set to be scrapped for a year for thousands of businesses

Thousands of city retailers, pubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, gyms and similar businesses in Swansea could see business rates scrapped for this financial year.

Under a scheme that could be worth up to around £35m in Swansea, qualifying businesses will see their business rates reduced to nothing for the current financial year.

The Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Rates Relief Scheme is being paid for by the Welsh Government and Swansea Council's Cabinet is being asked to agree to the plan at its meeting on June 18.

 

Supporting our cemeteries

Our cemeteries teams are working hard to take care of council-operated cemeteries across the city. Grass cutting has resumed in Oystermouth, Morriston and other cemeteries after the service was scaled-back due to Coronavirus.

Now teams are cutting the grass in lawned areas as well as strimming back grass growing around graves where regular mowers can't manoeuvre.

At the start of the pandemic, many council staff were redeployed to alternative roles and some grass-cutting staff needed to switch their focus to burials. 

 

Carers Week

Tonight we'll be lighting up the Guildhall in support of the tens of thousands of unpaid carers around the city who look after loved ones in need of support.

It's Carers Week and this year they're campaigning to raise the visibility of the work that carers do day-in-day-out. If they were not taking on caring responsibilities, our NHS and community social care services would be overwhelmed.

Take a moment to think about the carers who may live near you. If you are a carer or know someone who is, you can find more information about the services on offer from the council and our partners here: www.swansea.gov.uk/carers

There's also information available from Swansea Carers Centre on their new website launched this week at: www.swanseacarerscentre.org.uk/

 

Wales Airshow #AtHome

Hundreds of thousands will be missing the much-loved airshow, but we're going to do our best to share just a little of the atmosphere of the event which was due to take place early next month. Although it had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus we're going to do a digital show instead on July 4 with an online event featuring highlights from previous years.

The Wales Airshow is a family friendly event and there'll be related children's activities leading up to the event with word searches, quizzes, plane-making and colour-in sheets, and some great competitions too.

For full details on the digital celebration of the Wales Airshow on Saturday, 4 July, visit www.walesnationalairshow.com/wales-airshow-athome-a-digital-celebration/ and start following the event on Facebook.

 

Small businesses need to act fast on grant bids

If you're a small business owner who has yet to find out if you're eligible for a Welsh Government grant to help you through the pandemic, you need to act fast.

You've got until the end of the month to put a request in and just recently some of the conditions attached to eligibility have changed.

It means that a £10k grant could also be paid to ratepayers eligible for charitable and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) relief.

The grant is payable if they are operating in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors and were occupying properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.

Not-for-profit organisations operating for charitable purposes in the retail, leisure or hospitality sectors may also be eligible.

The Welsh Government launched the small business grants scheme in April and to find out more on eligibility go to: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant


Staff

We can all play our part in supporting the new NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect service which is now up and running. The easiest way to do this, stay safe and help avoid contracting coronavirus is by following some key social distancing rules at home and at work. These include:

  • Always observe social distancing, stay 2 metres apart
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • If you are meeting one other household, stay outdoors and stay local and keep 2m apart
  • Work from home if you can
  • Continue to follow Government guidance that can be found at: www.gov.wales/coronavirus

If anyone has any of the Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, other than leaving home to be tested, they must self-isolate at home immediately. Stay at home if you or anyone you live with has symptoms.

To find out more about the service, to learn more about the symptoms of Coronavirus or to book an appointment for a Coronavirus test please go to: https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19/test-trace-protect/

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