The UK is struggling to keep the new variant of Covid-19 under control and to combat the spread First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced new rules which will mean click and collect services at video game retailers will have to end.
Click and collect will now be restricted to essential services such as clothes, footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books. Video games do not appear to be essential, so retailers who only sell them will have to shut. Quite how the rules will work with shops such as Argos, which sells baby equipment, homeware, books and video games remains to be seen. The new rules come in to effect this Saturday.
Meanwhile in Warwickshire a man has been fined £200 for leaving his house and driving fourteen miles to capture Pokémon while playing the Pokémon Go mobile game. He was fined for “contravening the requirement to not leave or be outside the place they live without a reasonable excuse”.
“Everyone has a part to play in ensuring they slow the spread of the virus,” a police spokeswoman told the BBC. “We would like to remind people they must not leave or be outside their home unless they have a reasonable excuse.”
In the early days of the pandemic Niantic announced a few small changes to Pokémon GO which made the game a little easier to play as everyone was, and indeed still is, locked in their homes and not allowed to wander around outside.
The safety of our global player community is our top priority. COVID-19 is challenging us and the world to adjust. We’re putting our focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting and that also encourage exploration!
— Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) March 13, 2020
In July Pokémon Go Fest 2020 had to move to a virtual event, the geo-locked Pokémon spawns were ditched in favour of scheduled spawns throughout the day, but those who joined the event reported that there was still plenty to do and play with through the two days.