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Coronavirus 8 July 2020 - 4.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

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We're helping key city leisure partners through pandemic

We are set to offer new support to help key partner organisations through the coronavirus crisis.

The backing - to be discussed by Cabinet on 16 July - will help ensure that much-loved city facilities such as the LC, community leisure centres and Plantasia are in a position to open as effectively as possible once it is safe to do so. 

All are managed on the behalf of the council and Swansea people by two organisations that, like many around the UK, face significant challenges due to the pandemic. There's more information here:


Indoor market traders may get further rent relief

Traders at our award-winning indoor market are set to benefit from a £200,000 package to help tide them through the pandemic.

A report to Cabinet on 16 July is seeking approval for a package of measures that involves rent subsidies between now and November and follows cancellation of rent payments of £368,000 during the weeks of closure.

The proposal will also offer further protection to traders who are still unable to operate due to Welsh Government restrictions or those who are having to continue to shield themselves from the virus. More information here:


We're supporting tourism businesses planning to re-open

We're working with tourism businesses to help them plan for a safe re-opening as the lockdown eases and the Wales five-mile travel restriction is lifted. Our tourism team has joined forces with trade body Tourism Swansea Bay and the wider industry to give businesses the tools they need to reopen safely in line with latest guidance.

There's more information here: and


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 2 metre social distancing rule, keep washing hands regularly and self-isolate if you or someone in your household has symptoms.


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:


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