Funding to protect jobs and assist the re-opening of iconic heritage sites closed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been announced.

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Two new funding packages worth £15 million will support the tourism sector as it continues to feel the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Three new long distance touring routes and 15 day trips added to VisitScotland Journey Planner.

Three new cycle touring routes and 15 day trips are being promoted by Sustrans Scotland and VisitScotland as part of a nationwide campaign to get people to explore Scotland by bike, as the country emerges from lockdown.

Public health measure lifted for some overseas travellers arriving in Scotland.

Passengers arriving in Scotland from 57 overseas destinations that have similar or lower levels of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection than Scotland will no longer need to quarantine. Travellers from the 14 UK overseas territories will also be exempt.

Helping businesses adapt to physical distancing measures.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes in Scotland will have greater flexibility to make use of outside spaces, as outdoor hospitality resumes from 6 July.

Tourism to benefit from further Phase 2 changes.

The tourism sector is to benefit from the further lifting of restrictions under Phase 2 of Scotland’s route map out of lockdown.

A new group formed to deliver Scotland’s culture strategy is to meet for the first time.

The National Partnership for Culture (NPC) is made up of 14 experts from across Scotland’s culture sector. The group will advise on challenges facing the culture sector from coronavirus (COVID-19) and will build on the recommendations recently set out to the First Minister by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.

A new taskforce created to drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s vital tourism sector is to meet for the first time.

The Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce (STRT) is made up of more than 30 businesses with experience from across the industry. It is co-chaired by Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing and Business Minister Jamie Hepburn.

The First Minister yesterday announced Scottish Government's plan for gradually lifting restrictions during Phase 2 of lockdown.