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Coronavirus 6 July 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Monday 6 July 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Are you worried someone's being abused or neglected?

A campaign launched today across Wales is encouraging people to contact social services if they are worried that a family member, friend or neighbour is at risk of abuse, neglect and harm.

If you have concerns you can contact our Single Point of Contact on 01792 635700 or contact us via email at if you are able to do so.

For advice on co-parenting and child arrangements during the Covid-19 lockdown please see CAFCASS advice here.

Our 'You are Not Alone' chatbot can also signpost you quickly to advice on domestic abuse, 24 hours a day.


Remember to keep your distance

Although some Welsh Government Coronavirus restrictions are being eased, including the five-mile travel rule, coronavirus has not gone away. It's as vital as ever that we continue to maintain the 2m social distancing rule, keep washing hands regularly and self-isolate if you or someone in your household has symptoms.


More council-operated toilets open from today

Today we're re-opening our toilets at Rhossili, Port Eynon, Horton, Singleton Park and Brynmill Park. It follows the decision to re-open those at the city centre Bus Station, Caswell, Oystermouth Square and and Langland Bay.

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:


Guildhall goes red for our creative industries

We're lighting up the Guildhall red in support of our creative and cultural industries tonight as part of the UK-wide #LightItRed campaign.

While venues like the Grand Theatre and Glynn Vivian have been closed to visitors and performances during lockdown, we've gone online with our Fusion programme to promote local music talent, local history, run online classes through Glynn Vivian and allowed the Welsh Blood Service to use the main stage at the Grand for socially-distanced donation sessions during lockdown.

We're working together with other Swansea cultural venues and organisations like Volcano, Taliesin and YMCA so they, like us, can get ready for re-opening when it is safe to do so.


Wales Airshow will be back next year

Put the date in your diaries - the Wales Airshow will be back on 3 and 4 July next summer. Following on from the success of the online Wales Airshow #AtHome event at the weekend, the biggest free in event of the year will return to Swansea Bay as the traditional curtain-raiser to the summer season.


Creatures at Plantasia are in good hands

The much-loved animals in our popular Plantasia are in good hands during the pandemic.

The facility, managed for us by Parkwood Leisure is being kept in prime condition thanks to ongoing work by Parkwood staff.

You can find out more about Plantasia and catch a quick video here:



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,

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