COVID-19: culture, tourism, leisure and sports

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

Available funding 

Cultural Recovery Fund
Arts Council England (ACE) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) have published guidance on their respective funding programmes for the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund. Councils are eligible for both funds and can submit a bid to each in order to support different parts of their services up to a total value of £3 million. Both funds opened for applications on 6 January, before closing on 26 January 2021. Please note you must be set up on ACE’s systems by 20 January.

National Leisure Recovery Fund
Applications have now closed.

Support and guidance from the LGA 

Creative places – supporting your local creative economy

CTS improvement support during COVID-19

Parks fit for the future
Case study research co-funded by the LGA and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, demonstrating the financial impact of COVID-19 on council parks services.

Guidance on parks management during the COVID-19 pandemic

LGA response: DCMS select committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on DCMS sectors

LGA guidance: options for councils in supporting leisure providers through COVID-19

LGA briefing note: Resumption of live sport

Natural England and Ordnance Survey map of open outdoor activities

The Local Government Physical Activity Partnership (LGPAP), which includes the LGA, has produced a think piece ‘Why an active community needs to be at the heart of renewal’.

Official Government information


GOV.UK – Culture Recovery Fund

Hospitality and other entertainment industries

GOV.UK guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways

GOV.UK guidance for the visitor economy  

Visit Britain  ‘we’re good to go’ industry standard 

Visit Britain  ‘know before you go’ public information campaign  

Outdoor leisure and tourism

GOV.UK – planning update on cultural venues and holiday parks

GOV.UK guidance for managing playgrounds

GOV.UK – advice on accessing green spaces safely

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

GOV.UK – Natural England COVID-19 operational update

Visit England – can I go on holiday in the UK

Heritage and culture

GOV.UK – libraries as a statutory service

GOV.UK guidance for people working in heritage locations 


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

Other useful information

Arts, entertainment and other creative leisure

Thriving communities fund

Culture recovery fund: data

Culture recovery fund: grants

Culture recovery fund: repayable finance

BFI: culture recovery fund for Independent cinemas

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

Get Creative  Get Creative at Home

Events Industry Forum: keeping workers and audiences safe during COVID-19 (England)

Heritage and culture

Coronavirus information for the archives sector

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

Libraries Connected – Service Recovery Toolkit

Resources for libraries to run online and digital creative services

Outdoor leisure and sport 

Sport England – What the new tier 4 means for sport and physical activity in England

Sport England – National Leisure Recovery Fund

New guidance on maintaining the safety of the public and staff on beaches

Sport England – Coronavirus: what happens next?

Sport England – 'Stay in, Work out' campaign

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

Sports Grounds Safety Authority – sport without spectators guidance

Lawn Tennis Association guidance 

Examples of emerging good practice from councils

Good practice in the cultural sector

LGA hub: COVID-19 and council best practice