The Legal Run Organizing Committee made the decision to cancel the runs in 2020 due to coronavirus
The Organizing Committee of the International Charity Legal Run made the difficult decision to cancel the runs in 2020 due to the announcement of the World Health Organization of an emergency of international concern owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-2019.
As of 11 March, 2020 the total number of people infected by the new coronavirus worldwide exceeded 117 thousand of people. In total, infected persons were detected in 109 countries and territories including Russia.
In Moscow, in connection with the threat of the spread of the coronavirus, on 10th of March, 2020 Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin signed a decree prohibiting holding sports activities, performances, public and other mass events in the capital if the number of participants exceeds 5,000. As the basis for banning the authorities of the capital took the experience of France, where they initially canceled events in enclosed spaces and then extended these measures to open areas.
Taking into account the unstable and unpredictable situation with the further spread of the coronavirus, as well as owing to the enhanced security upgrade in Moscow and other regions of Russia, the Federal Organizing Committee of the International Charity Legal Run was bound to make a decision to cancel the runs in 2020.
The official races were scheduled for the period from May 16 to June 7 in eleven cities: on May 16 - in Moscow, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod, on May 23 - in St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Novosibirsk and Blagoveshchensk, on May 24 - in Yekaterinburg, on May 30 - in Rostov-on-Don, on June 6 - in Kaliningrad and on June 7 - in Tyumen. The total number of participants who would take part in official runs in 2020 was estimated by the organizers to at least 5,000 lawyers.
The Legal Run Organizing Committee keeps the situation under constant review and in case the situation with COVID-2019 improves and the ban on mass events is lifted, it will be possible to support the project in 2020 in a flash mob format as part of the Global Legal Run, by registering on the website during the period from May 16 to June 7, and making a donation to the Gift of Life foundation and other funds participating in the event in other cities. Further information will follow.
About Legal Run
Legal Run is a fundraising project that has been uniting representatives of the global professional community of lawyers to support «Gift of Life» Charity Fund and other regional funds since 2014. In 2020, Legal Run was supposed to be held for the seventh time.