News - 12th November 2020

parkrun Australia COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 12 November


Since our last fortnightly update we have been encouraged to see restrictions continue to ease in Melbourne and regional Victoria. After many months of uncertainty it has been heartwarming and uplifting to see friends and families reunited, and underlines how parkrun will play an important role in helping communities reconnect as our events reopen.


In accordance with the next step of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Reopening, which is due to commence on 22 November, we are currently working with the 90 parkrun and junior parkrun event teams in Victoria to review the density requirements.


Around the rest of Australia, Saturday saw the largest number of parkrun events and participants since March. 7,359 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers took part at 61 events across the ACT, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. In Tasmania this included 80 participants at Our Park parkrun and 85 at Kate Reed parkrun, two events that have launched since parkrun reopened. Welcome to the parkrun family!


Unfortunately due to the recent announcement from the SA Government, the reopening of parkrun in South Australia due Saturday 21 November will now be delayed by a minimum of two weeks.


Queensland parkruns are due to return 28 November and will display a QR Code for contact tracing purposes. We will be strongly encouraging participants to scan in.


In New South Wales, the COVID-19 Policy Team, Public Health Response Branch NSW Ministry of Health have reviewed our application and put this forward to the Minister. We are currently awaiting an outcome and will provide a further update as soon as we are in a position to do so.


Finally, we are delighted to announce that parkrun will launch at Melaleuca Women’s Prison in Western Australia on 19 December. Melaleuca will be the 10th parkrun in Australia to be held in a correctional facility and just the second anywhere in the world — alongside Wacol parkrun at Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre — to take place in a remand centre. We wish the officers at Melaleuca, the women, and their friends and families in the wider community all the very best as they prepare to commence their parkrun journey.


Thanks, as always, for your support.

Renee Gimbert
Territory Manager, parkrun Asia Pacific

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