2020,  Running

Parkrun Cancelled

Rain, hail or corona virus, I am determined to become healthier and happier human being.

After first hearing about sporting events being cancelled, I thought, it won’t be long until we start to see other smaller events being cancelled too. The first announcement being cancelled was the Lego display at USQ. And now Parkrun!

I can understand the motivation of the government trying to isolate people and minimise the exponential spreading effect that large groups of people can potentially create. I also think that there is a certain amount of trepidation amongst business owners about the liability of not acting, that is what is really driving these actions, rather than the primary objective to reduce the spread of this virus.

Parkrun cancelling their events is a perfect example of this. I can understand there is potential to exacerbate the spread by having people gather in enclosed rooms or small spaces. What I can not understand is how this applies to large open spaces. People coughing and sneezing and then you breathe in the recycled air, has a higher likelihood of spreading the virus.

How can anyone compare going for a run in an open park, the same risk as sitting beside someone on a crowded bus. Or standing in line waiting to pay for your groceries?

While I am always one to listen to advice, I think the best advice is to use a little common sense and be cautious, wash your hands, keep them away from your face, eyes and nose, and let’s not overreact people!

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