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Coronavirus 30 June 2020 - 3.45pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Start-up grants

Small start-up businesses in Swansea should apply as quickly as possible for the chance to get a £2,500 grant as part a Wales-wide scheme unveiled by the Welsh Government.

The scheme is open to those who've started up a business between April 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020 and is designed as a lifeline to help them through the pandemic.

Up to 2,000 businesses in Wales will be eligible for a grant and once the £5m available for distribution is committed, the fund will be closed.

There's more information and advice for businesses here: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses

 

Bulky waste

From mattresses to sofas and fridges to garden tools, the people of Swansea are having grand clear-outs of their homes as the lockdown is eased.

Council bulky waste collections are running at around 150 a week after the service emerged from lockdown with mattresses, fridges and washing machines on the to-go list.

Among the changes introduced for the resumed bulky waste collection service is a rule that social distancing between residents and the team collecting the waste must be maintained.

Items must be placed at the kerbside the night before or morning of scheduled collection and covered to keep dry if necessary.

Bulky waste collection bookings can be made on www.swansea.gov.uk/bookbulkcollection

 

Schools are back

Our schools are operating social distancing measures as they welcome back pupils for 'Check in, Catch-up and Prepare' sessions.

At schools 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.

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.

 

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 www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/consumer-service/

 


Staff

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 which is for those who have already had the virus. At the moment such tests are available to NHS staff only.

Staff and businesses can still request a Coronavirus test to find out if they currently have the virus because 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/

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