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Coronavirus 9 July 2020 - 4.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 9 July 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Schools to return full-time in September

We're writing to parents of thousands of pupils to update them on returning to school after the summer break.

Measures are being put in place over the summer to prepare school facilities for the return which will see all pupils back in school full-time by 14 September.

The council will be working closely with schools so that pupils will return in a graduated way from 1 September, with all pupils back a week later.

Parents will be updated on specific arrangements by their child's school.

 

Budget improvement will help manage impact of coronavirus and other pressures

A report that is being presented to Cabinet next Thursday looking at how the council's £445m budget for 2019/20 fared, states that there has been a combined one-off underspend of £18m.

Cabinet is being recommended to use the money to offset current year pressures, assist with investment in services and help with the impacts of COVID19. More information about the report can be found here

 

Keep your distance

Residents and visitors alike are being urged to enjoy our city's parks and beaches responsibly as the lockdown eases.

We've been putting up extra signage around parks and other visitor destinations to remind people to stay home if unwell, maintain social distancing if they're not part of the same household or an extended household and to wash their hands regularly.

The council is taking action to remind residents of the physical distancing rules as part of its 'Enjoy Swansea Bay. Responsibly.' campaign. More information here: https://bit.ly/3iMYSNW

 

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: www.swansea.gov.uk/tourismupdates and www.visitswanseabay.com


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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