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Coronavirus 15 June 2020 - 3.15pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 15 June 2020.

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Admiral Swansea Bay 10k postponed to 2021

Our Admiral Swansea Bay 10k has been postponed to September 19, 2021, due to the pandemic.

The good news for those who have booked places for this year's10k is that they'll automatically be guaranteed places for next year's celebratory event.

Next year's event will be the 40th anniversary of the award-winning event which attracts thousands of runners and even more spectators each year.

The council is behind the 10k which next year will be sponsored by Admiral for the 15th consecutive occasion.

 

Don't get bitten by loansharks

We're urging residents struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic not to turn to loan sharks.

We're supporting The Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit which operates a 24-hour confidential hotline that has remained open throughout the crisis and people can access advice and support for themselves or a relative or friend on 0300 123 33 11.

Further details of local and national organisations which can offer you further advice and support can be found at: www.swansea.gov.uk/furtherAdviceandSupport

 

Changes to bereavement services

Grieving families will be allowed to invite up to 20 mourners to funerals in Swansea under new guidelines issued to support them during the coronavirus crisis.

Up until now the limit of those allowed to attend services and gather at gravesides in the city's council operated cemeteries has been 10.

However, mourners will still need to keep two metres from one another if they do not already live in the same household.

More information: www.swansea.gov.uk/burialsandcremations

 

Local area co-ordination

Our expanded team of Local Area Co-ordinators are supporting thousands of community champions to help their neighbours and communities get through the pandemic.

LACs have always been there for Swansea but services were massively expanded by reallocating staff from other areas such as libraries and sports development to meet the needs of the vulnerable and shielded during the pandemic.

Since lockdown started in March almost 15,000 requests for help in the community have been answered by Swansea Council's Local Area Coordinators and an army of 2,600 community champions.

Reach the LAC team here: www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination

 

Small businesses urged to act fast on grant bids

If you're a small business owner and you've not applied for a Welsh Government business support grant you've just over a fortnight left to apply. To date we've paid out £46.7m to 3,729 eligible businesses in Swansea. If your business is eligble please contact us by 5pm on June 30.

If you're putting in an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal to find out if you have the potential to apply for a grant, do not wait for their response before logging your bid with us.

To help businesses chart their way through grant and loan opportunities Swansea Council has set up web pages highlighting all the other opportunities for business support that are available at: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses.

Welsh Government advice can be found here: businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

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