Parkrun: Outdoor mass group exercise ban ‘not justified’

First Minister Mark Drakeford was the starter for Trelai Parkrun in Cardiff in October 2021

The decision to ban mass outdoor group exercise events in Wales is unjustified and disproportionate, a UK minister has said.

Popular 5km (3.1 mile) run event Parkrun decided to cancel events in Wales after the Welsh government restricted outdoor events to 50 people.

UK government Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the event had “helped so many people improve their health”.

The Welsh government said the country was facing “a serious situation”.

  • Omicron becomes dominant variant in Wales
  • Steep rise in Covid cases around Christmas
  • Concerns as Parkrun cancels events are cancelled

Parkrun events take place every Saturday morning at 2,000 locations in 23 countries around the world.

Mr Javid was commenting following a Parkrun blog post about the situation in the different UK nations, which stated: “The evidence remains clear that the infection risks presented by outdoor events like ours are exceptionally low and the public health benefits of remaining open are incredibly high.

The decision to ban mass outdoor group exercise events in Wales is unjustified and disproportionate, a UK minister has said.

Popular 5km (3.1 mile) run event Parkrun decided to cancel events in Wales after the Welsh government restricted outdoor events to 50 people.

UK government Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the event had “helped so many people improve their health”.

The Welsh government said the country was facing “a serious situation”.

  • Omicron becomes dominant variant in Wales
  • Steep rise in Covid cases around Christmas
  • Concerns as Parkrun cancels events are cancelled

Parkrun events take place every Saturday morning at 2,000 locations in 23 countries around the world.

Mr Javid was commenting following a Parkrun blog post about the situation in the different UK nations, which stated: “The evidence remains clear that the infection risks presented by outdoor events like ours are exceptionally low and the public health benefits of remaining open are incredibly high.

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