Services where people gather are being closed
Swansea Council is urging residents to join it in taking action to reduce the spread of coronavirus in city communities.
The council says it is taking a series of steps to help support local people and keep families and communities safe.
Rob Stewart, Leader of the Council, said:
“These are unprecedented times and we are all facing new challenges. It is clear that we will not be able to carry on providing the same council services in the same way.
“I want to reassure residents we will continue to focus on maintaining critical services and we will be working closely with government and our local communities to support the most vulnerable people.”
Following the changes in UK Government advice, councils across Wales are taking steps designed to deal with the problem of increasing demand for care and the protection of the vulnerable, looking after their own staff and maintaining critical services.
In line with Government advice, Swansea Council will be suspending many non-essential services. Other services will be maintained as normal for the time being.
- Services where the public gather such as museums, galleries, sporting venues, day centres and theatres are being closed.
- Libraries, district housing offices and community centre are being re-purposed to provide alternative support services.
- Special arrangements will be made for weddings, burials and cremations.
- Face-to-face contact between council staff and the public at the Contact Centre and satellite offices will be replaced by phone and online support.
- visits to council-operated residential care homes will be restricted to only those which are essential.
- Schools will remain open for the time-being
Cllr Stewart said:
“The council will re-direct some staff from their normal roles into temporary teams to support vulnerable people in the community.
“We already know there are community groups who are stepping up to offer help and support to their neighbours who are in isolation or vulnerable. We want to help build on that goodwill.”
As part of measures to shield the vulnerable and elderly, visits to council-operated residential care homes will be restricted to only those which are essential.
Those council staff who are able to work from home will be asked to do so. Those staff undertaking home visits and site visits will need their manager to agree these are essential.
In addition to this, residents are being urged to continue to follow UK, Welsh Government and Public Health Wales advice.
Cllr Stewart said that in line with advice in Wales and across the UK, most schools will remain open for the time being.
He said: “However, we have advised our two special schools to close due to their pupils’ underlying health issues.
“All other mainstream schools will remain open but, in anticipation of the Government advising closures in the near future, they will continue to develop remote working for schools via access to education portals and Hwb."
Cllr Stewart said:
“At this time we all want to support each other, support our communities and support our NHS. We can all play a part by following government advice.
“The council’s approach to providing services will develop over time, based on staff absences and the council’s determination to support our communities, especially the most vulnerable.
“I’d urge residents to continue to follow the government advice to help maintain the wellbeing of our communities."