COVID-19: culture, tourism, leisure and sports

Information and guidance related to culture, tourism, leisure and sport.

Support and guidance from the LGA

Response to the DCMS select committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors

New cultural taskforce risks losing local voice on renewal

Recreation and leisure taskforce membership: LGA letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (pdf, 14 May 2020)

Options for councils in supporting leisure providers through COVID-19

Business rates relief for the hospitality and leisure sector (requires login)

Letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State, DCMS on Future survival of the leisure sector

Official Government information

GOV.UK – managing beach safety

GOV.UK – Culture Secretary announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce

GOV.UK  guidance on the phase return of sport and recreation 

GOV.UK – safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

GOV.UK – guidance on access to green spaces and protecting yourself and others

GOV.UK – Natural England COVID-19 operational update

GOV.UK – Environment Agency waterways: Coronavirus update

GOV.UK – letter from Simon Clarke MP to all council leaders regarding parks and public spaces, including burial grounds and cemeteries (pdf, 23 April 2020)

GOV.UK – Communities Secretary welcomes response to his call for parks to open

Natural England and Ordnance Survey map of open outdoor activities

Other useful information

Arts Council England

COVID-19 advice, guidance and funding measures for individual artists, freelancers and cultural organisations

Statement from Arts Council England, local government, and the leisure, culture and trust sector - supporting the cultural sector

Sport England

Sport England – Coronavirus: what happens next?

Sport England Q&A: what park facilities can reopen from 13 May 2020

Sport England – £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

Sport England – 'Stay in, Work out' campaign

Sport England – National Sports Centre’s Leisure Operating Contracts Covid-19 Response Case Study (pdf, 84KB)

Examples of emerging good practice from councils

Good practice in the cultural sector


Open letter from RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie during the pandemic

Creative Industries Confederation Covid-19 hub: guidance for the sector

Resources for libraries to run online and digital creative services

Community Leisure UK – England update 24 April 2020 (on page 5) 

Get Creative  Get Creative at Home

Heritage fund – support for the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – RNLI lifeguard service to pause immediately 

UK Active – four-stage strategy to support the recovery of the physical activity sector

Horticultural Trades Association – guidance on implementing safe distancing in garden centres (pdf, May 2020)

Open letter from social enterprise, co-operatives and community business representatives to local authorities (pdf, May 2020)