Wherever you are in the world it’s likely you will have been impacted by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic for about a year now. Whilst it’s clear that different communities have been impacted in different ways, it’s been a challenging year for all of us.
However, as advances are made with vaccinations, medical treatments, and our understanding of the virus, there is much to be positive about as we look forward to the next 12 months.
This week saw 52,428 people taking part in events around the world, including 2,523 people completing a parkrun for the first time. This was all made possible by 4,915 volunteers.
Due to the recent cluster of cases discovered in Auckland, the New Zealand government has put the city into lockdown and placed the rest of the country into Alert Level Two for seven days. This unfortunately means that no events will be able to take place in New Zealand this coming Saturday 6 March. Hopefully normal service will return the following week.
Last week in the UK, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap out of lockdown restrictions for England. Having carefully considered its contents and implications for parkrun events, on Friday we were excited to announce a return of junior parkrun from 11 April and 5k parkrun events on 5 June. As things stand there isn’t the clarity required to confirm a date for the other UK nations, however, going forward, we will be publishing a UK-specific update every Friday via the parkrun UK blog.
On Sunday, South Africa moved to Alert Level 1, representing a significant reduction in restrictions and a positive step toward our events being able to return. Unfortunately, there remains a limit of 250 people for outdoor gatherings and with over one third of our South African events having average attendances in excess of that figure, we are not yet in a position to move forward there at this stage.
Across the rest of the parkrun world, we are starting to see governments actively consider how they will be able to ease COVID-19 related restrictions over the coming months. Whilst there’s nothing significant to report right now we are following developments closely and expect to see significant positive movement before too long.
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