News - 17th December 2020

parkrun Australia COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update: 17 December

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2020 has been an incredibly difficult year for many people in the parkrun community, especially those in Victoria, so we are overjoyed to deliver the news of parkrun reopening early in the new year.


The Victorian Government (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions) has now clarified that parkrun events in Victoria can reopen in accordance with Tier 3 of the Government’s public events regulations, which applies to public events up to 1,000 participants. As with all parkruns around the world, events in Victoria will operate under parkrun’s global COVID-19 Framework and local requirements.


Given the additional complexities of reopening events over the festive period, in particular obtaining landowner permission, all 90 parkrun and junior parkrun events in Victoria will reopen on Saturday 16 January 2021 and Sunday 17 January 2021.


parkrun Australia along with Regional and Event Ambassadors will be supporting every event through the reopening process, and our Operations team will be in touch with event teams shortly with further details about the reopening process.


As with parkrun in the ACT, Queensland and South Australia, Victorian events will display a unique QR code for contact tracing purposes and we strongly encourage walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers to scan and check in each week.


Around the rest of Australia, parkruns and parkrunners are either back in full swing or busy counting down the days until the reopening of their event.


Here’s a snapshot of where we are:


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Following a successful six week trial in the ACT, all seven parkruns continue to operate. We continue to strongly encourage walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers to check in using the Check in CBR app each week.


New South Wales (NSW)

parkruns in NSW will begin reopening from this Saturday, 19 December, and we will be supporting as many events as possible to reopen by 9 January 2021. We must say a special thank you to volunteer teams, ambassadors, councils and landowners for all your efforts in making preparations to reopen.


Northern Territory (NT)
It is hard to believe that parkrun has been back in the NT for three months! In that time, the three parkruns in Darwin have recorded more than 5,000 walks, jogs, runs and volunteers – wow!


Queensland (Qld)
parkrun in Qld has been back for three weeks and we are incredibly proud of the way parkrunners have supported us by checking in using the QR code at each event. More than 95% of walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers have checked in, and we strongly encourage everyone to continue doing so. The QR codes can be found in multiple locations at each event, as well as on each event’s website and social media channels. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still check in online.


South Australia (SA)
Two weeks ago, parkrun reopened in 37 communities in SA with almost 6,000 walks, jogs, runs and volunteering instances being recorded. One of these events is South Australia’s first junior parkrun and has seen 66 pairs of little feet (4-14year olds) smiling their way to the finish.


Tasmania (Tas)
parkrun has been back for nine weeks, with around 2,000 people taking part each week across 17 events including two parkruns that have launched since we reopened.


Western Australia (WA)
parkrun has reopened in more than 40 locations across WA, and we are pleased to welcome Melaleuca parkrun to the family this weekend. Melaleuca Women’s Prison will be the third correctional facility in WA to deliver parkrun and we wish everyone involved the best of luck.


Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkruns
Events in states and territories in which parkrun has reopened will have the option to host an additional parkrun on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Please keep an eye on event websites and social media channels over the next couple of weeks for more information.


This will be our last fortnightly update for 2020. After what has been an incredibly uncertain and turbulent year it is with great pleasure, and great relief, that we are now within touching distance of having all 400 parkruns and junior parkruns open across Australia.


On behalf of all of us at parkrun Australia, we wish everyone in the parkrun family a happy and healthy Christmas and new year.


Renee Gimbert 

Territory Manager, Asia Pacific

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