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The latest from Swansea Council: Stay at home to save lives message from Leader

The latest changes to local authority services

CITY residents are being urged to increase their efforts to keep their distance from other people during the Coronavirus crisis.

The plea to follow government social distancing guidance from Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart comes as the number of cases of those infected with the virus continues to climb in Swansea and across the country.

Swansea Council and its partners in the NHS and voluntary groups are taking rapid measures in the coming days and weeks to prepare for an increase in the numbers affected by Coronavirus.

This includes transforming buildings into temporary hospitals in to help health services by providing extra beds for those who are going to need them.

He said: “Our message is clear. We are here for Swansea. Together with the Welsh Government, UK Government and other-local authorities, we are doing all we can to get ready. However we are only in the early stages of this crisis, and as the Prime Minister has said things will get worse before they get better.

“We need everyone to do their but to slow the spread of the virus. That will help reduce the amount of people getting ill at the same time, it will reduce pressure on our critical NHS services, and it will help save lives. We all need to be serious about social distancing and stay home, save lives is our mantra.”

“People need to think about their elderly or unwell relatives they will pit at risk if they ignore the advice. Follow the advice and stay home to save lives. If we want to prevent our brilliant NHS from being overwhelmed we need to do the right thing and follow the rules on social distancing.

”Social distancing will help slow the pace of the spread of Cornavirus and this in vital in helping the NHS to cope with the number of cases. Otherwise the NHS will be overwhelmed and more people will die - it’s as simple as that. This is a chance to be a real life saver”

The latest official government advice urges residents to stay at home and only venture out for exercise once a day, for essential shopping for food or medicine or to go to work when there is absolutely no option to work from home.

Whenever people are out they need to maintain social distancing by staying at least two metres from one another unless they are in their own household group.

Cllr Stewart said: “The government guidance is very clear on the issue of where to exercise. Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not drive miles to beaches and do not travel unnecessarily.”

He added: “I’m aware the police are stepping-up their enforcement activities. They will issue fixed penalty notices for people who do not follow the rules. The police like us, want people to stay at home and only travel when it is essential and within the government guidelines.

“Please, follow the government advice on social distancing. Stay at home and save lives. Only travel or go out when you absolutely have too. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds each time. Every family in Swansea can do this to support our amazing health staff on the frontline of this emergency.”

Get the latest government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Government guidance on accessing green space is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces

 

Recycling

There are no changes to kerbside waste collections. As happens throughout the year, we sometimes are unable to complete collections during the day. If this happens and your recycling has not been collected - please leave your bags out for collection the following day. Also - you may notice our crews are wearing protective facemasks while they are carrying out their duties. This is to ensure they can protect themselves when inside the collection vehicles.

Parks and beaches

You should only use a park, beach or rural footpath to exercise if you live within walking distance and remember the instructions about social distancing. Do not meet or walk together in groups unless you live with those people. Keep a safe distance from other people - at least two metres away. If the park or beach is so busy that you're unable to maintain that distance, then leave and go home. Playgrounds within parks are closed. You should not allow your children to use them.

Hubs at schools

Hubs at schools continue to remain open to provide childcare where both parents are key workers.

Staff and pupils at the schools must follow the UK Government's latest advice in relation to social distancing. We will continue to provide free school meals with new measures in place to protect pupils.

Business support

The Welsh Government has announced a support package for businesses listed on the business rates register. This includes a year-long business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales for example shops, pubs and restaurants, gyms, performance venues and hotels. The scheme will apply to all eligible ratepayers with a rateable value of £500,000 or less.

All businesses that consider themselves eligible for the grants are asked to complete the online form that can be found at http:// www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusbusinessgrant

Businesses who do not qualify for these schemes will be updated via http://businesswales.gov.wales/government-support-businessesOpens new window

Building Services

Our Building Services team is focusing on emergency repairs only. Work already started on functions such as bathroom and kitchen installations has been made safe with all facilities reinstated on a temporary basis.  No new work will start for the time being.

More on emergency repairs to council properties - https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/23251/Contact-us-about-a-repair

Cultural Services

We've cancelled or postponed all cultural and tourism events we've directly organised until the end of August. Cancelled events include the Wales Airshow and Swansea Special Festival.

The Clean Air Roadshow & two outdoor theatre events at Oystermouth Castle in August have been postponed until further notice.

City centre car parks

Car parking in Swansea city centre will be free from today. However, Park and Ride, St David's and Quadrant car parks are closed.

Swansea Market

From today (Wed) Swansea Market will be open 8.00am -2.00pm Mon-Sat. Servicing for traders will continue until 4.00pm. Around 17 stalls are open, providing essential food supplies. All other stalls are closed. The market remains closed on Sundays.

Info-Nation

Info-Nation is closed to the public except for emergencies such as homelessness and maintenance for those without bank accounts. Any person that presents at the centre will be screened before being allowed in. Information and advice can also be obtained by messaging http://www.Facebook.com/InfonationSwanseaOpens new window further information at www.info-nation.org.ukOpens new window

Child and Family Services

The Information, Advice and Assistance Team is having an unprecedented volume of calls.  Unless your call relates to significant risk of harm or risk to life to a child or young person please instead contact us via email at access.information@swansea.gov.uk For advice on co-parenting and child arrangements at https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/covid-19-guidance-for-children-and-families/Opens new window

City Centre Rangers

From today our city centre rangers are doing fewer foot patrols to help curtail the spread of coronavirus.

The Rangers are largely working on office duties although they will assist the emergency services when needed at incidents critical to public safety.

They will report on issues such as hazards and other concerns and receive calls from businesses via the Store-net radio or by phone.

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