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Coronavirus 23 June 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 23 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Schools on course for return from June 29

We've written to the parents and carers of every school child in Swansea to update them on progress for the re-opening of city schools on June 29.

Measures are being put in place so that all children, where possible, will be offered 'Check in, Catch up and Prepare' sessions. They will only attend on the days arranged for them. This will not be a return to school and classroom education as we know it.

Parents and carers will be contacted directly by their school outlining the specific arrangement that apply to them. There's more information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19schoolsandcolleges

 

We're pulling out all the stops to support homeless through pandemic

Our housing and building services teams have been pulling out all the stops to get empty council houses back into use quickly so they can be offered to those most in need.

In the past eight weeks 85 empty properties have been prepared for handover to new tenants with another currently 82 being worked on.

Swansea Council owns around 13,500 homes and less than 250 - about 1.6% - are empty at any given time. Although empty homes are at a record low, we've been accelerating our efforts to get them back into use to help the most vulnerable through the pandemic.

 

Celebrate Armed Forces Day at home

Our city's Lord Mayor and Armed Forces Champion are asking you to be part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 27. Lord Mayor Cllr Mark Child and Armed Forces Champion Cllr Wendy Lewis would normally attend a number of special commemorations in honour of those who have served or are currently serving.

But due to the Coronavirus pandemic they will instead be staging a number of 'virtual visits' to veterans in the lead-up to the weekend and on the day itself.

A special Armed Forces Day flag is also flying outside Swansea's Guildhall all week.

Cllr Child said there are many men and women from this area who are part of the armed forces risking their lives for their country in a wide range of roles. 

He said: "We ask those who serve to go into harm's way on our behalf, often on humanitarian or peace-keeping missions, and I know their assistance made a real difference for Swansea Bay Health Board during the current crisis."

 

Be a Red Arrow #AtHome

Youngsters who'll be missing our postponed Wales Airshow this year have the chance to win their own replica Red Arrows pilot outfit. The Airshow has had to be put off due to the pandemic, but we're laying on some special AtHome events online in the countdown to July 4, the day the event would have been held.

For young fans of the Red Arrows this means they can enter a competition to win a pilot's outfit. There's more competition info and details of the other celebrations on the airshow website here

 

City shops have re-opened

Thank you to everyone who's been visiting the city centre. Please respect one another, follow the two-metre rule and help everyone to stay safe.

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 also 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: https://bit.ly/2YQtswI

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