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Coronavirus staff update - 14 September 2020

Staff are being urged to play their part in abiding by the new Welsh Government rules aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Following announcements made by First Minister Mark Drakeford on Friday, from today [Monday, September 14] it is mandatory for people to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, including shops, supermarkets and other venues. This includes public spaces in council buildings.

Staff are also being urged to follow the rules in their own homes by not allowing gatherings of more than six people from their extended household group.

The latest announcements from the Welsh Government means:

·       Staff working in or using public spaces in council buildings such as the foyer area of Guildhall must wear a face covering.

·       However, indoor areas which are not public spaces such as staff offices, are not affected and in those locations face coverings do not need to be worn.

·       Members of the public visiting our buildings will be expected to wear face coverings in indoor public areas and to observe our social distancing restrictions.

·       They should be refused entry if they do not wish to wear a face covering.

·       Staff must continue to work from home if they can.

Other existing arrangements, including social distancing, for working areas within council buildings and in council-operated vehicles remain the same as before the First Minister's announcement. Arrangements for schools and other services are also not affected except where public indoor spaces are involved.

In the Civic Centre staff will need to wear masks when passing through the ground, first and second floor (where the Courts are now occupying) phase 1/eastern part of the building as these are publicly accessible indoor parts of the building.

We would also 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.

·       Staff do not need to self-isolate unless they are showing symptoms of the virus OR have been identified by the Test Trace and Protect team as contacts of a confirmed case. If anyone has been identified as a contact they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from their last contact with the case.

·       You do not need to seek a test unless you are showings symptoms of the virus.

·       Booking a test when you have no symptoms could be stopping someone who really needs it getting one.

·       If you are contacted by a contact tracer it will be because someone has tested positive for the virus and has told the NHS Test Trace Protect service that they have been in close contact with you. Please listen to their advice and act on it.  

If you have concerns or questions, please speak to your line manager.

For more council information please go to this link: http://www.swansea.gov.uk/staffnet/coronavirusstaffupdates.

Official Welsh Government information can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

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