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Translation Required: Services resume after firebreak ends

Translation Required: Recycling centres and libraries are among council services that will resume in Swansea on Monday as the firebreak lockdown in Wales comes to an end.

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Throughout the 17-day firebreak critical front-line services such as recycling, social services, child care, burials, homelessness support, emergency highways and council house repairs have continued with hundreds of support staff working from home to keep the council operating.

As the lockdown ends more services will be operating but Swansea Council Leader Rob Stewart has urged residents to continue to play their part in helping to break the spread of the virus as it has not gone away.

Cllr Stewart said: "During the firebreak the council has continued to deliver the important frontline services that make a real difference to people's lives.

"After the firebreak more council services will be running but I would again urge everyone in Swansea to continue to follow the rules and to do the right thing. Ask yourselves 'just because I can do something should I do it if it might put me or others at greater risk of getting the virus'

"The vast majority of people in Swansea are following the rules and playing their part and I thank them for that, as it is not easy for any of us.

"But coronavirus has not gone away. In fact transmission in Swansea remains very high and our health and social care services are under increasing pressure.

"By continuing to keep to the rules and making sensible choices we can all play our part in reducing the spread of the virus and keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. We've also got to continue to follow the two-metre rule, wear a mask in indoor public spaces when we have to go out and wash hands regularly."

Changes to services on Monday include:

  • Recycling centres will reopen. People are reminded that visits to Llansamlet are now by appointment only and you need to book in advance.
  • Services at the 14 public libraries in Swansea will resume but please check arrangements here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/libraries
  • Year 9 pupils and above will return to secondary schools which opened last week to Years 7 & 8.
  • Council owned leisure centres managed by Freedom Leisure are reopening including Cefn Hengoed which has been shut since March.
  • Birth registration appointments will resume.
  • Community centres are permitted to open, however, the decision on whether to open is a choice for the individual centre and our message is just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Cllr Stewart said: "Since the pandemic began Swansea Council has been here for Swansea delivering vital frontline services throughout.

"We have had to adapt to the ever changing picture and respond to challenges when they arise and no doubt there will be further challenges ahead.

"Each week I'm amazed at how our staff go the extra mile to keep services safely running and I'd again like to thank them for their efforts. If we all continue to pull together we will get through this."

You can find the latest Welsh Government FAQs on regulations from November 9 here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

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