Important Advice re: COVID-19

as at March 18, 2020

This is a challenging time for all in the community and the effects of COVID-19 are affecting people’s lives and livelihoods. This global pandemic has been declared a Public Health Emergency by the Queensland Government and we have the responsibility to assist authorities in limiting the spread and impact of COVID-19.

 

Accordingly, the Club committee met 'virtually' on the 18th March to discuss the latest advice from Health Authorities as well as Australian Athletics guidelines and the effect on our Club race program.

 

The Brisbane Road Runners Club is dedicated to the physical and mental health of our runners and so we are unfortunately in the position where we must suspend our April race program.

 

This, of course, includes our 15km Championship race which we are planning to hold later in the year if possible. We will meet again in April to discuss developments and the May races which include another of our Championship events.

 

This is not a decision we have taken lightly and know that this has come as a further blow after cancellations of races nationally and internationally as well as parkrun in Australia but feel that we had no other option.

 

We would encourage you to continue to train and to enjoy your running and we hope to be able resume our races as soon as possible. We also encourage all our athletes continue to exercise the appropriate hygiene measures and implement self-exclusion if displaying flu-like symptoms. Any member with flu-like symptoms should self-exclude from training at the first sign of the symptoms and seek medical advice. When training we strongly recommend that you practise social distancing and other measures at the levels advised by Australian Government Department of Health.

 

BRRC acknowledges the uncertainty of this crisis and that advice and guidelines can rapidly change as the situation evolves. As such, we will continue to monitor, and act accordingly, in response to statements and policies enacted by both Federal and State Health authorities. We appreciate your understanding through this difficult time and will keep you informed of developments at the Club.

 

If you are struggling due to disruptions to your running or other parts of your life at the moment, you are not alone. Reach out to your friends and seek help from your GP, Lifeline (13 11 14)  other health providers. We especially encourage all members to keep in touch with each other during these unprecedented times, particularly those who are forced into quarantine situations or as social distancing measures are increased.

 

Run happy and healthy.  

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