Now only one new coronavirus case a day in Dorset Council area The Director of Public Health for Dorset says it feels like we’re over the worst but COVID-19 is still here - SEE VIDEO.
Financial cost of Covid-19 to Swanage is over £500k The financial cost of the coronavirus pandemic to Swanage is likely to total over half a million pounds in loss of income to the town council.
Social distancing signs get graphic in Wareham While Swanage has opted for discreet social distancing messages on its pavements, Wareham has plumped for a more eye-catching design.
‘Leave Space’ signs to make Swanage safer A social distancing message has been sprayed onto town centre pavements to help keep the town safer from the spread of coronavirus.
COVID-19 antibody testing has started in Dorset The much anticipated antibody testing programme has begun in Dorset, starting with NHS staff but it’s planned to be rolled out to more residents soon.
Swanage starts to emerge from lockdown as shops and Institute Road reopen Residents are being urged to support their local shops as they start opening and the town centre roadworks are completed this week.
Updated figures confirm three deaths involving COVID-19 in Purbeck Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics give a full breakdown of the number of deaths involving COVID-19 for our local area for March, April and May 2020.
Swans get cash from football Premier League to help beat coronavirus crisis With the footy season cancelled and no revenue, there’s at last some good news as Swanage Town and Herston FC gets £1,500.
Swanage Railway’s plans to join mainline in “state of limbo” due to coronavirus A new film about Swanage Railway says the pandemic has left its finances in a dire state and plans to link to Wareham are on hold.
South West has second highest coronavirus R rate in England The Director of Public Health for Dorset says the South West does have one of the highest R rates in England but it’s not that bad - SEE VIDEO.
Share of half a million pounds up for grabs for Swanage travel infrastructure Swanage residents being asked how to spend a £577k grant to improve walking and cycling routes in Dorset to help social distancing.
Durdle Door arch jumpers injured, watched by packed beach Durdle Door beach evacuated as two rescue helicopters went to aid several people with serious injuries, who’d jumped 60 metres off the arch into the sea - SEE RESCUE PHOTOS.
Day trip to Dorset? “Please think twice” says Dorset Council In a personally worded appeal, Dorset Council’s Leader has asked people not to visit Dorset for now and car parks and loos will remain closed for the time being.
More government clarity required says RNLI The RNLI says it's currently “seeking further clarity” about the easing of lockdown measures, to keep our coast a safe place to visit.
Seaside towns like Swanage still waiting for new lockdown guidance A Dorset Council councillor has expressed her concern for seaside areas following the Prime Minister's speech about the easing of lockdown restrictions.
Swanage Lifeboat rescues tourists, during clap for key workers While Swanage residents were preparing to clap at 8 pm, the lifeboat crew rescued two people from Slough who had been cut off by the tide at Old Harry.
Revealed – Dorset Council’s crisis response to COVID-19 In Dorset Council’s first online Cabinet meeting, the true extent of its fight against coronavirus in Dorset has been detailed, including its battle for PPE.
Latest figures confirm two deaths involving COVID-19 in Purbeck New numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that we are living in the region with the lowest coronavirus death rate - SEE MAP FOR ENG AND WALES.
Travelling 100s of miles to see the sea, not tolerated says Dorset’s Chief Constable Dorset Police has actually issued over double the number of fixed penalty notices for lockdown breaches, than previously reported.
Summer dog beach ban not enforced but dogs must be on leads Details of the arrangements for dogs on Swanage's main beach from 1st May have been posted up on the seafront.
“High availability” at the coronavirus drive-through testing centre in Poole More Swanage residents can now get tested for coronavirus at the drive-through test facility at the former Creekmoor park and ride.
Do not visit Dorset, as over a 100 police fines issued This weekend, police officers will be patrolling Purbeck to prevent non-essential travel to beauty spots and can fine those who don't comply.
£54m spending on pandemic leaves Dorset Council’s finances “uncomfortable” Dorset Council says it’s expecting to spend an additional £54m on coping with the coronavirus crisis.
Poole to have drive-through coronavirus testing site by next week A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is due to open at the former Creekmoor Park and Ride in Poole.
Swanage sews over a thousand face masks in two weeks Locals have created over a thousand face masks for volunteers and care home staff, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“How badly has your business been affected?” asks Visit Dorset Swanage businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector are being asked to say how much the pandemic has been impacting them.
Locals given option to donate Co-op reward cash to coronavirus fund The Swanage Co-op is giving local residents the chance to donate their reward money to the Co-op Members’ Coronavirus Fund.
Local charity #Willdoes gives cash boost for those struggling with mental health The organisation, Dorset Mind Your Head, is to get £5,000 from the Swanage-based charity #Willdoes.
Sandbanks Ferry to stop operating until further notice The Sandbanks Ferry Company has just announced that it’s to withdraw the service because it's no longer economically or environmentally viable at this current time.
Swanage claps for carers and everyone else too! This evening, Swanage came out to clap for carers and everyone else who is helping get our community through the coronavirus crisis.
23 fixed penalty notices issued for lock down violation in Dorset Dorset Police have confirmed they’ve issued 23 fixed penalty notices so far, since the introduction of the law to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Ferry hours reduced as travel restrictions bite The Sandbanks Ferry will finish operating on a daily basis at 7.10 pm for the foreseeable future, starting from Tuesday 14th April 2020.
Clap for our community! Swanage residents were out on the streets last night, alongside firefighters, clapping in support of key workers and NHS staff.
Police night patrol as Swanage residents fear bank holiday visitors Dorset Police is telling people not to travel as ‘Dorset is closed’ this Easter, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Rules about dogs on Swanage beach relaxed Dorset Council is relaxing the restrictions that prevent dogs being walked on beaches during the warmer months, while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing.
Dorset Council starts paying out emergency cash to businesses The first government grants in response to the coronavirus crisis are now being paid out to businesses in Dorset, including Swanage.
‘Stay at home’ message getting through say Purbeck Police Most tourists who were planning to visit Swanage for Easter, have stayed at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Plea for anyone in Swanage who can sew, to make face masks Swanage Community Coronavirus Response Facebook group is calling on anyone handy with a sewing machine to help make masks for their volunteers.
Don’t let bonfires cause heated rows with neighbours, warns council With the Swanage tip closed this weekend, Dorset Council is appealing to gardeners not to annoy their neighbours by lighting bonfires.
Catch it, archive it, catalogue it – Capture Dorset’s history in the making People in Swanage and across the county, are being sought to keep a diary about the impact of coronavirus on their community.
Continued rise in coronavirus cases in Dorset Council area The latest UK Government figures show that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Dorset Council area now stands at 45.
Swanage Coastguard tells climbers not to stretch emergency services Following reports of people climbing along the Jurassic Coast, Swanage Coastguard warns people must stay at home.
Police stopping tourists driving into Swanage for weekend Purbeck Police are actively stopping motorists and turning them round, if they haven’t got a good reason to travel into Swanage.
Swanage’s Mayor sends his thanks to ‘our lovely town’ The Mayor, Mike Bonfield has sent a warm message of thanks to residents for their help during the coronavirus crisis.
Swanage’s Minor Injuries Unit now only available by appointment In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Minor Injuries Unit at Swanage Community Hospital will no longer allow people to just turn up.
Institute Road reopens as Swanage roadworks suspended Dorset Council is suspending the town centre roadworks, after UK workers were told to stay at home, to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Tourists asked to stay away from Swanage Swanage Town Council has asked tourists and second homeowners to not visit the town, to protect residents from coronavirus.
Key volunteers sought to help Swanage fight coronavirus The Swanage Community Coronavirus Response group has launched an urgent appeal for more volunteers to help support the vulnerable.
Swanage’s coronavirus response plans coming together to support the vulnerable Hundreds of community-spirited volunteers across the town are coming forward to offer extra neighbourly support to the vulnerable.
Last day at school for most, as coronavirus cases rise in Dorset Council area Children told to stay home as number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Dorset Council area rises to seven.
Coronavirus crisis closes Swanage Library Swanage Library, along with all libraries across Dorset, is set to close at the end of Friday 20th March 2020.
National Trust to close Corfe Castle Corfe Castle, the scene of many battles, is to close “until further notice” as a result of the UK Government’s coronavirus advice.
Dorset Council launch coronavirus newsletter for residents A coronavirus newsletter is being sent out via email by Dorset Council to keep people updated about latest developments.
Swanage Railway postpones gala in latest blow to local economy The Swanage Railway Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, due to take place in April, has been postponed following coronavirus advice.
Swanage community spirit steps up to fight coronavirus impact Famous for its community spirit, the town is currently drawing up plans and going online to tackle the challenge of coronavirus.
The Mowlem to close “until further notice” Due to the Government’s coronavirus advice that people should avoid theatres, the Mowlem in Swanage has announced that it's closing from Thursday.
Dorset County Hospital treating second confirmed coronavirus case in Dorset Council area As the Swanage community prepares to face the challenge of coronavirus, a second case has been confirmed in the Dorset Council area.
First case of coronavirus confirmed in Dorset Council area It's been officially confirmed that a resident in the Dorset Council area has tested positive for coronavirus.