With so much happening across the culture sector and across the globe, UNESCO identified the need for a clearer picture one year into the pandemic to provide decision-makers and cultural actors with current data, practices and guidance to better inform strategies for the future
Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO
The series of reports, based on recent surveys and research, provides revealing snapshots across 5 areas: World Heritage; living heritage; cultural and creative industries; museums; and cities.
World Heritage in the Face of COVID-19 shines light on the impact of site closures on local communities and highlights key challenges brought about by the pandemic. The report notes that, at the height of the crisis, 90% of countries were forced to close or partially close their World Heritage sites. In 2020, a 66% drop in site visitations and a 52% decline in revenues at surveyed sites were reported. 13% of sites surveyed noted that staff have been laid off as a result of COVID-19, with an average of 40% of permanent staff and 53% of temporary staff made redundant.
Living Heritage in the Face of COVID-19 highlights the impact of the pandemic on the ability of communities to engage in and transmit their living heritage, but also the way communities turned to living