BEFS COVID-19 Update

BEFS Is Providing Weekly Updates On COVID-19 Information Relevant For The Built Environment Sector.

Over the last few weeks Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES) have been working together to establish the COVID Historic Environment Resilience Forum (CHERF), which has been set up with the intent to create a collaborative space to plan, coordinate, and communicate high-level sector-wide strategies and guidance for rebuilding, recovery, and strengthening resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. CHERF will work towards informing the production of a route map of medium and longer-term actions to grow sector resilience, sustainability, and evidence the sector to be a beneficial participant in Scotland’s national recovery. The forum will directly address two key questions:

  • What contribution can heritage make to the country’s recovery?
  • What is the threat to heritage?

Over the next few weeks, CHERF will be hosting several virtual workshops which will cover a range of topics:

We would like to invite you to attend those workshops which you think will be of interest to you and which you feel you will be able to contribute to. Please register for the events in advance online. You can find out more information about the CHERF framework and its purpose on the BEFS website here.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, has announced a provisional date for when the Scottish tourism industry can safely reopen. This is indicatively the 15th July 2020. He also announced the creation of a new Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce, chaired by Fergus Ewing and Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills. Furthermore, new industry guidance will be published by the Scottish Government, working with industry bodies and health officials, on 18th June 2020.

The Scottish Government has also published the first two-monthly report to the Scottish Parliament on the use of the emergency powers contained within the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

Finally, we have updated our COVID-19 Funding Advice page with recent developments.