parkrun cancelled all over the world – but UK presses on despite coronavirus outbreak | Women's Running

parkrun cancelled all over the world – but UK presses on despite coronavirus outbreak

Read Time:   |  March 13, 2020

parkrun events worldwide have been cancelled until the end of March, but the UK will continue to hold the weekly 5K runs nationwide

Due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, most countries around the world have suspended weekly parkrun events until the end of the month.

Until April, many of the 3 million parkrunners worldwide will have to hold off on their Saturday morning 5K runs amid fears of the virus spreading further.

Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and the USA have all taken steps to limit disease spread by cancelling the popular weekly run for the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, following the latest emergency COBRA meeting, the UK government is still not advising against large gatherings of people or public sporting events, meaning weekly parkruns can continue until further notice.

Current advice from parkrun organisers is as follows:

“Where we take the decision to keep events open, we do so in the belief that in the absence of other restrictions such as closed schools and other public facilities, parkrun events present a level of risk of infection that is not significantly greater than going about regular daily life.

“Where events remain open, we are not advising any changes at this time to standard event delivery processes (described in the Volunteer Hub), and events should not be providing specific guidance to participants.

“Finally, we would ask you all to be vigilant, to refrain from volunteering if you have flu-like symptoms, and to be mindful of the more vulnerable members of your communities.

“We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, and will provide further updates here as and when appropriate.”

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