It’s now, incredibly, over 14 months since we were last able to hold parkrun here in Sweden.
Until just a couple of days ago only 8 people were allowed to meet outside, but as you will no doubt have seen, the government recently announced their roadmap of how restrictions will be eased over the coming months, including for running events like parkrun.
Whilst the guidance now allows up to 150 people to take part in running events, the small print states that athletes ‘should be divided into smaller start groups with different start times’. This isn’t possible for parkruns with our simple model that keeps our events free and easy to organise every week.
The planned next step of the easing of restrictions allows up to 900 people to take part in running events, and this is planned to take place from 1 July, as long as the reduction in the spread of COVID-19 continues. Whilst we don’t yet have any detail on the specifics of this proposal, we’re very hopeful that this will finally allow us to return.
However, as a volunteer-led event we know that July can be a tricky month to find volunteers for our events, and many of our Event Directors will also be away on holiday during this month. We’ve therefore decided that we will aim for parkrun events in Sweden to return from 7 August, which will additionally allow the infection rates to reduce further and more people to be vaccinated.
More information will follow in due course and please check your local event social media nearer the time for more details about the planned restart of parkrun.
We’re getting there! parkrun on a Saturday morning will be back…….soon.
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