We are very pleased, and quite excited, to confirm that all parkrun New Zealand events will reopen on Saturday 4 July.
Throughout the period of closure we have spoken to event teams and ambassadors, and surveyed parkrunners. We have also closely followed developments in all countries in which we operate and are confident that the return of parkrun in New Zealand is both appropriate and safe. We are happy that events are well positioned to return on this date and will be working closely with them to achieve that.
In line with New Zealand Government guidance around surfaces touched by multiple people, we will be asking all event teams to wash their tokens each week after use. However, although Alert Level 1 has meant the relaxation of almost all restrictions, we are still reviewing possible further operational changes we may wish or need to make in order to deliver our events going forward.
In the interim, we understand that in New Zealand groups are now free to gather at parkrun venues. However, as previously mentioned, we are asking event teams to not organise group gatherings through their parkrun communication channels. As well as having insurance implications it’s important that local communities and stakeholders are aware of our return and able to accommodate us appropriately.
We will continue to provide updates over the next two and a half weeks.
Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding.
We are getting through this, together.
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