Parkrun organisers have confirmed that its events across the world will be suspended until the end of June.
The team said this is a minimum time-frame for all parkrun countries and it expects most, if not all, closures to be in place for longer.
Despite this announcement of extended closure, the organisers say their “view of the future is increasingly optimistic” as the situation continues to change rapidly across the world.
“There is now a definite and positive move towards relaxation of restrictions, and every week we get closer to the point where parkrun events will return to their communities,” said Tom Williams, chief operating officer at parkrun Global.
“As lockdown restrictions start to lift across some territories in which we operate, we’d like to thank everyone for not going to their parkrun venues, at parkrun time. Importantly, please do not organise group gatherings of any sort at your parkrun locations until such time as parkrun events have officially returned in your region.
“This is critical in order to preserve the excellent relationships we have with local communities and stakeholders, as well as to ensure the safety of both parkrunners and other users of the space.”
Mr Williams said the team continue to be “cautious and thoughtful” about parkrun’s return and will consider region-specific national and international government and public health guidance.
“Whilst parkrun cannot recommence in any territory until the guidance allows, the restarting of parkrun will be a complex and sensitive process,” he added.
“It is imperative that any decision to recommence has the full and widespread support of volunteer teams, and the wider community. A major part of our energy over the next few weeks will be focused on gathering this understanding and insight, which will in turn inform our decision making.”