Given the continued increase in the number of confirmed local cases in Amman, and after many discussions over the past few weeks, we have decided to pause our group runs for a while to re-evaluate the safety of our runs.

Our decision to resume the group runs back in mid-June was based on the belief in our ability to maintain the openness of our group runs while ensuring the safety and health of all of our members. And while we do our best to keep our runs safe by limiting the number of participants, screening each runner, enforcing the use of personal protection equipment, and limiting the mixing of groups, we cannot control every factor, especially at our current scale.

Before resuming the runs, we decided on some indicators and data points to determine when it would be the right time to pause our runs and re-evaluate our procedures. Those were:

  • Reaching over 2000 confirmed cases in Amman or logging over 1800 cases 3 times in one week.
  • Reaching ten COVID-19 related cancellations within our community (we are not aware of any positive cases in the group, but the number of cancellations because of suspicion of coming into contact with someone who is, is in a continuous rise).
  • Dropping below 95% in the overall compliance with our safety guidelines.

We understand how much the group runs, and the get-togethers mean to you; they mean a lot to us too. The past four months have been incredible, we have witnessed significant improvement in our running and commitment to fitness and an overall increase in the group's collective happiness.

But don't worry! We won't leave you hanging while we re-evaluate our safety guidelines. Over the coming days, we will announce some new challenges that keep us all connected, motivated, but safely distanced.

Stay well and safe, exercise caution when working out in groups, and do your best to reduce your exposure risk by wearing face masks. Tag us in your stories and posts and use #ra_continues to help inspire others.

Thank you for understanding and being a part of the Running Amman family. And as always, our channels are open if you have any suggestions on how we can do things better.

Yazan and Razem