Covid Task Group

The work of this Task Group is related to the sector’s response to urgent issues, in particular those created by the outbreak of Covid19.

The Group coordinated input to the meetings of the DCMS Heritage Working Group. Key discussions within the working group have related to:

  • guidance for a safe reopening of heritage attractions after the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of Covid19
  • the Culture Recovery Fund and the different revenue and capital elements of the Fund that are available to the heritage sector
  • the Test & Trace app and the consequences for heritage sites
  • collection of information on re-opening experiences at heritage sites, including details of compliance issues relating to social distancing and mask wearing etc.
  • periodic evidence gathering on the impact of the second wave of Covid19.

The task group also coordinated the sector’s input for the Heritage Council meetings (15th October & 16th December 2020) and has been working to facilitate sector discussions linked with the Planning White Paper.

The Task Group has worked closely with Historic England to compile a Heritage Recovery Plan to look forward to the period from April 2021 as the latest national lockdown comes to an end.

The Plan covers four themes: re-opening, resilience, skills and return to growth with actions for Government and for the sector. The Plan was signed off by HEF at its March meeting.

The Task Group is now working with HEF members and the wider heritage sector to take forward the actions set out in the Plan.

The Heritage Recovery Plan is available as a downloadable document here: