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


Shielding set to be paused

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Wales announced that those who had been shielding no longer needed to do so from 16 August.

People in Swansea who have been receiving weekly food parcels from us while shielding are being directed to alternative support when shielding is paused next week.

This affects around 9,000 people in Swansea and around 500 of them have been receiving weekly emergency food parcels under the Welsh Government scheme.

These have been delivered direct to peoples' doors by staff redeployed by Swansea Council. There's more information here:


Leisure centres set for partial re-opening

Leisure centres across Swansea, including the LC, are set to open next week in a carefully phased way to keep visitors and staff safe.

The centres, run by Freedom Leisure for Swansea Council, closed temporarily in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The easing of Welsh Government restrictions means they will start to reopen from on Monday. More details here:


Licensing fees waived

We've served up a new boost to the hospitality industry by removing licensing costs for tables and chairs on city centre pavement cafes for the rest of the financial year.

This will help businesses as they battle back from lockdown and bring added life to city centre streets.

The move's been welcomed by Swansea BID (Business Improvement District) that's working with members across the city centre to help them secure licenses for offering services on paved areas adjoining their premises.


Vulnerable exercising their way through the pandemic

More than 400 vulnerable residents at risk of feeling extra strain during the lockdown have been helped to exercise their way to wellbeing.

Our National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) team have being going the extra virtual mile to encourage older and vulnerable adults to keep their spirits and health up with daily exercise in their own homes.

The idea behind NERS it is that GPs and other health professional can prescribe exercise sessions that are delivered safely by experts, in tune with patients' abilities and wellbeing aspirations. More than 400 in Swansea have now got their own exercise plans and online support as well. To find out more go to:


We would like to remind all staff that to protect your colleagues and the wider community if you are displaying any of the key symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - a new continuous cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell - then you must not come to work but stay at home and you should arrange to be tested.

You'll need to book an appointment and more information on how to do this can be found here:

Alternatively you can request for a home testing kit be delivered to you by either visiting or by phoning the free number 119.

Previous statements issued by the council about service provision can be found here.

If you are concerned you may have coronavirus you can check your symptoms using NHS Direct Wales symptom checker.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker from NHS Direct Wales

If you do have symptoms of coronavirus please follow the advice on Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus from Welsh GovernmentOpens new window

You should only contact 111 if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

COVID-19 BSL Video from Public Health Wales

Coronavirus BSL video transcript

There are more BSL guides available on Public Health Wales Youtube account. These include guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection, social distancing and shielding.

Learning Disability WalesOpens new window has useful resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19), including easy read guides.

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