Scottish Government analysis found extending the scheme until next June would bring major economic benefits.
Government calls for 'reimagining' of live events while tight restrictions on mass gatherings remain in place.
The economy grew by 1.5% in May but it is still down by nearly a quarter compared to February.
The count, held every ten years, was supposed to begin in next March but has been pushed back until 2022.
Economy secretary Fiona Hyslop pledged a new £100m employment support fund, with half set aside for young people.
It comes after the heritage body warned 429 of its workers face being made redundant due to Covid-19.
Workers have expressed concern to the GMB Union that they're putting their families at risk.
The Scottish Government said the coronavirus outbreak is an 'economic emergency'.
The 29-year-old becomes the youngest ever MSP and first ever woman to hold the role.