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Coronavirus 19 June 2020 - 3.15pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 19 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Non-essential shops to re-open

We're preparing the way for the city centre to re-open on Monday alongside Swansea BID and other partners.

If you are planning to visit the city centre please observe the two-metre social distancing rule.

Shops have been making arrangements for queuing systems outside their doors to ensure social distancing is maintained while banners are going up around the city centre to remind shoppers of the two-metre rule.

Apart from St David's multi-storey car park our car parks will be open and parking is free at the moment.

City Centre rangers will also be out and about on the streets to offer guidance to shoppers. Please plan your journey before you travel. There's some FAQs and other information here:


Food bank manager says thank you

One of the city foodbanks supported by Swansea Council during the pandemic is saying a big thank-you to local retailers for their support. Wayne Erasmus, of the Cockett Foodbank, said the operation was indebted to donations from local businesses including Lidl, Aldi, the Co-Op, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer.

Swansea Council has been supporting the food banks with supplies to ensure that they are able to cope with the increased demand, and has set up four food distribution sites in community centres across the city.

The Cockett Foodbank was launched six years ago and has been a registered charity since 2016.

There's more information about local foodbanks here:


More help for those facing domestic abuse

We've become the first council in Wales to launch a high-tech chatbot to help support people experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.

As part of its You Are Not Alone campaign, launched to support people at risk of Domestic Abuse through the pandemic, the hub team has worked closely with colleagues in Social Services and Microsoft to develop a chatbot using AI which is now live on the service's website.

The chatbot ask the user a series of questions to help direct them to the most appropriate support. Users remain anonymous and the service is completely confidential.


Two-metre rule

Please don't forget that although lockdown measures have been eased by the Welsh Government, the two metre physical distancing rules still apply. If you are out and about you must remain at least two metres from anyone not in your immediate household. Welsh Government guidance on this and other Coronavirus regulations can be found here:


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