COVID-19: culture, tourism, leisure and sports

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

Support and guidance from the LGA

Creative places – supporting your local creative economy

Options for councils in supporting leisure providers through COVID-19

CTS improvement support during COVID-19

Letter from Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson to Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP on Future survival of leisure services - 10 July 2020 (pdf, 134KB)

Guidance to help libraries to reopen has been published by Libraries Connected, with input from the LGA, PHE, HSE and DCMS.

Letter to Secretary of State for DCMS on recovery in the culture and tourism sectors

LGA letter to Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Creative Industries, DCMS survey (pdf, 1 June 2020)

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 response: new cultural taskforce risks losing local voice on renewal

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

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

LGA guidance: business rates relief for the hospitality and leisure sector (requires login)

LGA letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State, DCMS: future survival of the leisure sector - 17 April 2020 

LGA briefing note: Resumption of live sport

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 – funding available through the Culture Recovery Fund

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

GOV.UK – libraries as a statutory service

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

GOV.UK guidance for people working in heritage locations 

GOV.UK guidance for managing playgrounds  

GOV.UK guidance for the visitor economy 

GOV.UK guidance for reopening of museums, galleries and the heritage sector 

GOV.UK guidance for certain businesses reopening 

GOV.UK guidance for people working in shops 

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

Visit Britain ‘know before you go’ public information campaign  

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

GOV.UK – advice on accessing green spaces safely

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

GOV.UK – managing beach safety

GOV.UK – Culture Secretary announces Cultural Renewal Taskforce

GOV.UK – Natural England COVID-19 operational update

GOV.UK – Environment Agency waterways: coronavirus update

Natural England and Ordnance Survey map of open outdoor activities

Visit England – can I go on holiday in the UK

Other useful information

Arts Council England

Culture recovery fund: grants

Culture recovery fund: repayable finance

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

The National Archives

Coronavirus information for the archives sector

Reopening guidance for archives

Sport England

Sport England – Coronavirus: what happens next?

Sport England – open call for innovative solutions to tackle inequalities

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

LGA hub: COVID-19 and council best practice


BFI: culture recovery fund for Independent cinemas

Heritage fund: culture recovery fund for heritage

Guidance for returning to specific sports

Good practice guidelines on opening museums after July 4

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

Sports Grounds Safety Authority – sport without spectators guidance

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)

Libraries Connected

Libraries Connected – Libraries Recovery Toolkit

Libraries Connected – Service Recovery Toolkit