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Coronavirus 22 June 2020 - 3.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 22 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

City shops are re-opening

Thank you to everyone who's been visiting the city centre. Our rangers report lots of responsible conduct by those visiting non-essential retailers which have been starting to reopen after the lockdown. People are acting on advice from the council and others.

Customers will see shops have made arrangements for queuing systems outside their doors to ensure social distancing is maintained while banners have gone up around the city centre to remind shoppers of the two-metre rule.

City centre rangers have been 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: www.swansea.gov.uk/citycentreFAQs

 

Businesses play part in supporting our communities

Tourism and hospitality businesses have been rallying around to help the council support the vulnerable and frontline staff in our communities.

Hotels such as the Dragon, Mercure and Morgans have been accommodating NHS staff and supplying food and meals to local NHS services. The Nomad Bar and Kitchen in Gowerton has been supplying meals to local elderly residents, while the Three Cliffs Coffee Shop in Gower has been organising deliveries of fresh food to local families.

 

Thanks to retailers for helping city foodbanks

Retailers are being thanked for their part in keeping our city's foodbanks stocked with food for local people during these unprecedented times.

Wayne Erasmus, of the Cockett Foodbank, said the operation is indebted to donations from local businesses including Lidl, Aldi, the Co-Op, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Marks and Spencer for their help. 

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.

There's more information about local foodbanks here: www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks

 

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.

 

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