Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker

19 May 2020

To address the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the culture sector, UNESCO has launched a weekly Culture & COVID-19: Impact and Response Tracker to provide an overview of the rapidly evolving situation. It explores both the immediate impact of the health crisis and examples of how countries around the world are adapting to the situation. This is one of several initiatives by the Organization to respond to the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector worldwide.


The closures of cultural institutions, archaeological sites and heritage sites, have led to reports of increased insecurity for cultural property and sites around the world. Particularly in countries experiencing conflict or post- conflict, the pandemic is exacerbating an already fragile security situation. The closures of sites that rely heavily on tourism to maintain their budgets could make longer term management of the site and working conditions more precarious. In some instances, it could also negatively impact conservation and research work done at the sites, unless emergency measures are put in place. To learn more please download this document.

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