News - 9th September 2021

New Zealand update – September 10


This week the New Zealand Government announced that areas outside of Auckland have moved to Alert Level 2 restrictions from 11:59pm Tuesday 7 September, with Auckland remaining at Alert Level 4. Alert Levels across the country will be reviewed by the Government on Monday 13 September.


We have reviewed the restrictions associated with Alert Level 2, including participation caps at outdoor venues. While it may appear that those events who have fewer than 100 participants could reopen, the average participation rates for each event charted against their geographical distribution highlight the risk of a potential influx of participants from nearby closed events. To mitigate this risk, events will remain closed for Saturday 11 September.


More than 1,000 (not)parkruns were logged across New Zealand last week and that trend has continued. Well done!


Click here to log your times for this week.


We will continue to monitor Government announcements and review Alert Level restrictions and will advise as soon as restrictions allow events to reopen.

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