In response to COVID-19 2022-03-23T14:59:21+00:00


From the Jane’s Walk Steering Committee

The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing and will still be impacting many parts of the world during the upcoming Jane’s Walk Festival weekend: May 6-8, 2022. With this in mind, we are once again encouraging Jane’s Walk City Organizers to make decisions about their local festivals that prioritize the health, safety, and wellbeing of their communities.

When, in 2020 and 2021, we were faced with an unprecedented and rapidly evolving global health crisis, Jane’s Walk organizers around the world responded with imaginative and resourceful solutions to host a walking festival under lockdown. In 2020 in particular, many pivoted quickly to adapt their festivals last minute, which had already largely been planned and organized.

Looking ahead to the 2022 festival, we’re in a better position: we now have a bank of strategies to draw from, and we understand the challenges well in advance. These strategies can support virtual festivals, but also we hope those festivals that can safely bring back in-person activities.

The Jane’s Walk Steering Committee would like to emphasize, above all, the importance of adhering to the guidance of local public health authorities wherever you live. Understand the current guidelines around outdoor gatherings, and if possible, contact your public health office and ask for specific advice on holding the safest Jane’s Walks possible.

If it is currently safe to plan in-person walks in your city, you will still need to create a plan that is flexible. Be prepared to switch to a virtual backup festival if the infection rate spikes in your area, or if new variants arise quickly.

For more ideas, or if you’re interested in how the global community is navigating the 2022 festival, please reach out to Chair@janeswalk.net with queries and questions.

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.