Since the New Zealand Government announced on 8 June that there would be no limits on public gatherings, or social distancing requirements, we have been working with event teams in preparation to reopen parkrun events this Saturday, 4 July.
We’d like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this challenging and uncertain time. The reopening of events in New Zealand is not only an exciting time for people in New Zealand, but provides hope and encouragement to the rest of the global parkrun family.
Each parkrun event will display a NZ Ministry of Health QR code poster to help walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers keep track of where they have been. The QR code can be scanned by the individuals using their own NZ COVID Tracer app.
Scanning the QR code poster helps with contract tracing and will be presented at the event, and also on the event Facebook page, and on the news section of the event website, should you not take your smartphone to parkrun.
Information and links to download the NZ COVID Tracer app can be found on the Ministry of Health website. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still register online with the Ministry of Health to share your latest information.
Many event teams in New Zealand have also chosen to share their enthusiasm and solidarity with the rest of the parkrun world by ‘adopting a country’ and choosing to represent a parkrun territory or event by sharing stories, photos and stats on their social media pages.
All of us at parkrun HQ find it extremely heartwarming that people in New Zealand are thinking of their extended parkrun family and it really enforces how parkrun is a global community.
Enjoy your first parkrun back.
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