In response to COVID 19 2021-01-28T02:30:56+00:00


From the Jane’s Walk Steering Committee

The global COVID-19 crisis is ongoing. Though vaccines now offer hope for the future, the pandemic will still be affecting many parts of the world on the Jane’s Walk Weekend, May 7, 8 and 9, 2021. With this in mind, we are once again encouraging City Organizers to make decisions about their local festivals that prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of their communities. 

In 2020, faced with an unprecedented and rapidly evolving global health crisis, Jane’s Walk organizers around the world responded with imaginative and resourceful solutions to the challenge of holding a walking festival under lockdown. Looking ahead to the 2021 festival, we’re in a better position: we now have a bank of strategies to draw from, and we have a much better understanding of the situation. 

The Jane’s Walk Steering Committee would like to emphasize, above all, the importance of listening to the guidance of the local public health authorities where you live. If outdoor gatherings are permitted, it’s your responsibility to understand and follow the current guidelines. If possible, contact your public health office and ask for specific advice on holding the safest Jane’s Walks possible. 

Planning a virtual festival and looking for inspiration? We’re compiling a list of online Jane’s Walk festivals. If your city had online Jane’s Walk activities in 2020 or is planning them for 2021, please share the links with us and we’ll post them here. If you’re a City Organizer, we encourage you to join the Jane’s Walk City Organizers online community on Discord, where you can exchange ideas and ask questions; email us and we’ll add you to the group. 

While we reinforce the call for physical distancing, we reject and will actively organize against social isolation. The Jane’s Walk Steering Committee is profoundly grateful for the global community; your energy and commitment keep the movement alive and thriving.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. It encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.