Covid briefing: Fun run canned

There will be no fun running and, some houses won’t be crowded for a few weeks.

Saturday’s announcement of a ramping up of Covid alert levels has resulted in the annual Waipā fun run in Cambridge – scheduled for Saturday – being called off.

The event website was still promoting the event on Monday evening, but a call had earlier been made to pull the pin.

On Sunday organisers posted on their Facebook page that the event had been postponed.

“The latest Covid update is not news that any of us wanted to hear.

Our Waipa Fun Run team is working hard to bring you this event at a later date and will update details as soon as we are able,” a message read.

This year’s event – should it go ahead – will celebrate 10 years of fun runs.

The latest lift in alert levels was a second blow for Te Miro School – it postponed its centenary celebrations last year and they were set to start on Saturday.

Te Miro School and District Centenary Committee member Matt Keyte said a decision to postpone had been made at an emergency meeting on Sunday.

“This is very disappointing after the massive amount of work we’ve put in,” he said.

“We’ve decided to postpone the event one last time and we’ll meet to discuss a new date next weekend after monitoring this week’s Covid developments.”

Crowded House announced it has also postponed two events on its nationwide tour – the Hamilton and Napier shows have become Covid victims, but will go ahead at a later date.

Sol3 Mio also announced the postponement of shows in Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Wellington and Palmerston North.

The lockdown announcement came as the country was enjoying an easing of restrictions – in Hamilton the Six 60 concert was packed, and in Auckland there was a full house for the Joseph Park-Junior Fa boxing clash.

There has been criticism of some residents who fled Auckland after the alter level announcement was made on Saturday evening – notably Destiny Church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki who headed to Rotorua to preach and fundraise the following day.
The latest alerts were linked to residents failing to comply with requests to isolate.

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