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Coronavirus 29 June 2020 - 3.45pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 29 June 2020.

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Schools are back

All our schools opened today as they started offering 'Check in, Catch-up and Prepare' sessions to pupils.

Social distance measures have been put in place at every school meaning there are restrictions on the numbers that can attend at any one time and schools have written to parents and guardians outlining the specific arrangement that apply to them.

All children, where possible, will be offered a few visits to school during the next three-weeks and each school's risk assessment will determine how often these can take place.

Attendance is not compulsory and parents are not at risk of fines should they decide the time is not right for their child to return.

During the lockdown many schools have been operating as emergency childcare settings for the children of key workers and this is continuing.

The council has published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) which are regularly updated and can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19schoolsandcolleges.

 

Business grants

We've distributed Welsh Government grants worth more than £49m to more than 3,900 city businesses. The Federation of Small Businesses has thanked us and the Welsh Government for the lifeline that's been provided. The deadline for applications is tomorrow at 5.00pm. There's more information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant

 

Holiday refunds

Our Trading Standards team is offering advice to those who might have been left out of pocket after they booked holidays which they weren't able to go on due to the pandemic. A recent review by Trading Standards Wales (TSW) of complaints by consumers has highlighted more than £88,000 paid out by Swansea residents is at risk.

For more information call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or 0808 2233 1144 for Welsh speakers. Alternatively, contact them online https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

 

Businesses can get their staff tested for Coronavirus

We're working with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Neath Port Talbot Council to raise awareness of the NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect service among businesses across the region.

Businesses can get advice and other information about the service which encourages staff showing symptoms of the virus to get tested as quickly as possible. There's more information available here: www.swansea.gov.uk/ttpforbusinesses



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Coronavirus testing

Swansea Bay University Health Board is asking our staff and the general public not to request or visit their testing units seeking an antibody test. At the moment such tests are available to NHS staff only.

Staff and businesses can still request a Coronavirus test if they are showing symptoms of the condition via the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect programme. For more information about this go the link: https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19/test-trace-protect/

 

Scam prevention training offer

Our Trading Standards team is inviting staff to a Skype meeting on 7 July at 11.00am about Coronavirus-related scams. The session will offer participants the chance to find out about the latest scams as well as techniques to identify someone who may have been scammed. Those who want to participate should email Trading Standards on trading.standards@swansea.gov.uk for more information.

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