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Coronavirus 3 July 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Friday 3 July 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

More community toilets set to re-open

Following on from the successful re-opening of facilities at the city centre Bus Station, Caswell, Oystermouth Square and and Langland Bay, we're continuing the phased re-opening of council-operated toilet facilities from Monday at Rhossili, Port Eynon, Horton, Singleton Park and Brynmill Park

Toilets have been set up differently to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. So please use them appropriately and continue to observe the two-metre rule.

The Welsh Government has also issued guidance for reopening public toilets on business premises and we are encouraging these to open where it is safe to do so.

There's more information here: https://gov.wales/providing-safer-toilets-public-use-coronavirus

And here: www.swansea.gov.uk/publictoiletsreopening

 

Phone a friend buddies project a lifeline for the lonely

Our local area co-ordinators have been helping people struggling with isolation and loneliness during the lockdown. They've set up a 'phone buddies' scheme so that people who are shielding and feel isolated can pick up the phone and call new friends put in touch by the LACs.

The council's LACs team is dedicated to supporting the vulnerable through the crisis and has been massively expanded to help volunteers support their neighbours as well. To find out more contact your local LAC here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination

 

We're celebrating our NHS' birthday on Sunday

Over the last few months NHS staff and many other key workers have stepped up in ways never seen before to support our communities through the pandemic. So on Sunday night we'll be lighting up the Guildhall blue once again to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the institution that has made such a difference in the fight against coronavirus.

 

Wales Airshow #AtHome

Tomorrow's the day when fans can be part of a celebration of the Wales Airshow #AtHome.

The event was due to take place this weekend but had to be postponed till next year due to the pandemic.

But instead there's going to be a digital celebration of the event between 11.00am and 5.00pm tomorrow. You can join in by going to to www.walesairshow.co.uk

 

Businesses urged to get staff tested for the virus

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.

Local companies can play a crucial role in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. By protecting workers and getting them tested as soon as they show symptoms of the virus they can also protect their business. There's more information available here: www.swansea.gov.uk/ttpforbusinesses


Staff

Staff FAQs update

We've just completed a review of staff FAQs about the coronavirus, including updates on leave, self-isolation, working from home and redeployment into essential services.

There's more information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/staffcoronavirusFAQs

 

Pay update for staff

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a council decision was made, in an immediate response to the crisis, that no employee would receive a financial detriment as a result of this pandemic.  This was established to deal with the immediate and urgent need to support employees in potential financial hardship who are unable to work due to operational and /or shielding requirements.

As more services are returning to normal business, the pay average calculation which affected pay in April, May and June will not be taking place for future pay-runs.

However, to continue to support those who are unable to return to work due to shielding/closed buildings etc and could be facing potential financial difficulty, Heads of Service/ Managers will be liaising with the Service Centre providing lists of employees who may still be affected. If you believe you are still affected you should speak to your line manager in the first instance.

Any further queries relating to this can be directed to the Service Centre Helpdesk, servicecentrehelpdesk@swansea.gov.uk

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