COVID-19 Creative, Cultural and Tourism Businesses

Information for Creative and Cultural Sectors

Visit Arts Council England for the latest advice, guidance and emergency funding measures the Arts Council, government and several external organisations have put in place to address the Covid-19/coronavirus crisis.
Historic England's Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund extends a safety net to small heritage organisations at this challenging time. The fund has been set up in response to their recent survey. The grants available will help organisations, voluntary groups and self-employed contractors survive the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic, and to prepare for recovery.
Find out more about the latest funding, advice and guidance from National Lottery Heritage Fund.  
A-N is a useful source of information about activities and initiatives which respond to the challenges of COVID-19, including artist bursaries (the Time Space Money programme has been brought forward – detail available soon).
The Crafts Council has various resources and is interested in hearing about the experiences of designer-makers/craft makers.
The Creative Industries Federation has a very useful index of sector-specific resources. 
The Association of Independent Museums has a regularly updated website with resources for museums, heritage organisations and galleries.
Curator Space is a useful source of information on opportunities for paid work which can be delivered via digital platforms. Likely to be very helpful for practitioners who have a reliance on income from delivering workshops.

Freelance artists may find the UK Covid-19 Freelance Artist Resources List a useful site.  Many resources have been brought together in one, easy-to-use place.

Help and Advice for Tourism and Hospitality Businesses

COVID-19 prevention and outbreak support for settings

North Yorkshire County Council has published a COVID-19 outbreak control plan, which outlines how we will work together as individuals, communities and organisations to prevent and control outbreaks.
One of the themes is ‘High Risk Locations’ which includes hospitality, leisure and tourism settings/locations – such as hotels, B&Bs, holiday villages, camping and caravanning; pubs and restaurants; leisure facilities; tourism hot spots. This list of settings is not exhaustive and will be reviewed regularly.

Here are some resources that can help you manage the risk of COVID-19 within these settings:

For more resources, please visit North Yorkshire County Council's COVID-19 prevention and outbreak support for settings.

Coronavirus is a serious matter for the industry. Keep up to date and take guidance from regional and national tourism agencies.

Find the very latest information for tourism businesses from VisitBritain here.

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Yorkshire's Recovery Plan for the Tourism Sector

Regional Tourism Agency, Welcome to Yorkshire have launched Yorkshire's Recovery Plan for the Tourism Sector. Working with the county’s local authorities, national parks, LEPs, businesses and tourism representatives this recovery plan for the tourism sector has been launched to support the sector through the crisis and to reopen, recover and rebuild Yorkshires £9bn tourism economy:

Stay connected and keep everyone informed about what you’re doing

  • Regularly update your website. Let people know your current situation and create fresh, inspirational content. People may not want to come right now - but they will again at some point in the near future!
  • Keep communications going with your loyal customers. Keep them updated but focus on the positive.
  • Join the conversation. As well as following Selby District council’s social media channels, make sure you follow channels for Visit England, Welcome to Yorkshire, Visit York, Visit Leeds, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire and other neighbouring destinations.
  • Share your ideas and best practice via your digital channels and tag fellow businesses and tourism contacts.
  • Connect with local businesses and see if there are ways for you to work together. Can you collaborate to add value and incentivise future bookings?
  • Follow #YorkshireTogether. Let Welcome to Yorkshire know what you’re doing differently and how you’re adapting your business by emailing: and Upload your Press Releases regularly to let them know your latest news and what you're up to.

We remain committed to the delivery of the Selby District Visitor Economy Strategy and developing our district’s product, services and experiences. We will be continuing with the schedule of activity planned for the coming year, including the development of promotional material, trails and visitor information points and with the creation of the Visitor Economy Advisory Board.

If you are a tourism business and would like to discuss any of this in further detail, please get in touch with Jennie Lowthian, Tourism Development Officer at