Since our last fortnightly update we have seen more restrictions ease, more people reunited and more borders reopening. In that time we have welcomed 14,000 walkers, runners and volunteers to 63 Australian parkruns in the ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia, with around 150 more events set to reopen over the next two Saturdays.
We would also like to take this opportunity to update the parkrun community on our current status in other states and territories:
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
parkrun resumed in the ACT on 31 October as an initial six week trial and we have submitted our interim report to the ACT Government this week. We must take this opportunity to thank parkrunners in the ACT for their overwhelming support when it comes to signing in to our events using the Check in CBR App, which has been publicly recognised this week by the Government and in the media. Whilst not mandatory, we do strongly encourage everyone who walks, runs and volunteers at our events to scan the code.
This Saturday we are preparing to welcome back more than 100 parkruns across Queensland under our COVID-19 Framework. This will be the largest number of parkrun events we have reopened on a single weekend anywhere in the world and has been a significant undertaking involving volunteer teams, councils, landowners, the Queensland government and various other stakeholders. Thank you to everyone for getting us to this point. As with our events in the ACT, each parkrun event in Queensland will display a QR Code for contact tracing purposes and we are politely requesting everyone who attends our events to please consider using it. The QR Code will be displayed at multiple locations at each event, on the event’s Facebook page and on the News page of their website. Additionally, if you don’t have a smartphone, there is a website link below the QR Code that can also be used. We look forward to welcoming back parkrunners to Queensland on Saturday!
South Australia (SA)
parkrun was due to reopen in South Australia last Saturday (21 November), however the statewide lockdown unfortunately delayed this. It is now our intention to reopen on 5 December subject to the sufficient easing of restrictions and we will communicate directly with South Australian parkrunners when a date is confirmed.
New South Wales (NSW)
The COVID-19 Policy Team, Public Health Response Branch NSW Ministry of Health reviewed our application and put this forward to the Minister who has requested additional information. We have submitted our response this week and will provide an update as soon as possible.
We are currently in discussions with the Victorian Government about the reopening of parkrun and expect to be in a position to provide a more substantial update in our next fortnightly circular.
Thanks, as always, for your support and patience.
Territory Manager, parkrun Asia Pacific
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