Gail and Jason are continuing to do all they can for our community in these very difficult times and have provided the following updates which can also be found on the Newport City Council website: www.newport.gov.uk
Meanwhile, please keep as safe as possible.
Latest News and advice
Volunteer to offer community support:
Newport City Council is working to prepare for the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on communities and residents in Newport.
If you are able and willing to offer your help in supporting the elderly, frail, disabled and vulnerable people and families in Newport please contact GAVO (Gwent Association of Voluntary Associations) below.
GAVO will monitor all offers of help and will get back to you as soon as possible.
People wishing to support a co-ordinated volunteer effort can also register with the British Red Cross to become a community reserve volunteer
We continue to monitor all advice from government including that relating to vulnerable groups – not only age, but also at risk groups with underlying conditions.
Planning continues as part of the council’s work to ensure essential services are provided as the situation develops and key decisions will be communicated as soon as appropriate.
Part of that relates to how we could allocate staff to priority areas, and how we can work with partners and third-sector organisations to support those in our communities during this challenging time.
Age Cymru is offering a free check-in-and-chat telephone service for anyone over 70 who lives alone, to provide reassurances, answer basic queries and link people to local services and support during the Coronavirus outbreak.
All you have to do is call the Age Cymru Advice Number on 08000 223 444 or email [email protected]
Last updated Tuesday 24th March 2020:
Newport City Council is following and implementing best practice as advised by the government and Public Health Wales.
Anyone with concerns should read the available information on the following websites: advice about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being updated daily by government.
•Public Health Wales
•Public Health England
In general, critical council services will be prioritised and regular information on disruption to services will appear here.
The council’s contact centre and Information Station are working on reduced hours of 9am-5pm.
Residents are asked to go online to report or request services online or to email
[email protected] where possible please.
Childcare for prioritised key workers:
Eligible parents of mainstream school children who are currently in Reception to Year 7 can apply for a place for childcare provision that will begin on Wednesday, 25 March 2020.
Places should not be requested for children who, based on government advice, should be self-isolating or socially distancing.
These applications must be resubmitted every two weeks. This will allow those who are exiting social isolation to potentially access a place and enable schools to adjust their provision as their own staffing availability changes.
• Single parents who are employed as specific key workers
• Where both parents are employed as specific key workers
Due to the limited capacity of schools, initially places will only be considered for the following key worker groups:
• Health and Social Care
• Education and Childcare
• Public Safety and National Security
• Local and National Government (staff essential for the COVID-19 response)
Once there is a clear picture of the demand and availability of places, other key worker groups will be considered.
Children will need to bring a packed lunch except those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) who will be given lunch.
Pupil transport will not be available during this period unless it is for a specific child who is accessing transport to Maes Ebbw School or Ysgol Bryn Derw.
Schools will not be delivering formal learning but are operating a childcare facility.
Parents can apply for a two-week place in the cluster provisions using a standard form sent to the following email address: [email protected]
Applications for this period of childcare (ending Friday 3 April) will close 10am on Wednesday 25 March and parents will be informed if they have gained a place asap.
Some schools may be able to provide childcare during the Easter holiday. This will be reviewed and communicated in the week before the official Easter break.
Waste and recycling:
Waste and recycling collections are operating with reduced staffing. If a whole street has not been collected, collections will take place the following day.
Please do not call to report missed collections, you can report a missed collection online or through the My Newport app.
Residents will be notified for collections to take place together with their next scheduled collection.
Managing contaminated waste
1.All contaminated items, including tissues, cleaning cloths, wipes and masks must be put into a plastic bag which must be tied to prevent material escaping
2.Put the bag inside another bin liner and tie the top of the bag
3.Keep the bagged waste for a period of 72 hours in a place that cannot be accessed by other people or pets
4.Put the bag in your wheeled waste bin for safe collection by our crews. The bagged waste must be contained in your wheeled bin and the bin put out in your normal collection point
5.If you have an assisted collection, bag the waste as above, and put it out in your wheeled bin as usual
Please ensure all recycling is sorted. With reduced staffing levels, this will help us to collect and empty your recycling more easily.
The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) is now closed until further notice, kerbside collections will continue as normal.
•New bulky waste collections are suspended, collections already booked will be honoured.
•The landfill site remains open to commercial business at present.
•Trade waste collections continue, please notify us if you have closed your business and wish to suspend collections