Various police forces have asked people to stop playing Pokemon GO - if they live in a region that is in lockdown due to COVID.
Several countries are once again seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases since the holidays. As a result, many countries in Europe are back in lockdown.
In many of these countries, such as the UK. People are still allowed to leave the house to exercise outside. For example, they can go for a run or walk the dog.
However, police in the UK have started to become frustrated with people staying out for extended periods of time while playing Pokemon GO.
In a recent tweet which has now been deleted, one police division in the UK took to social media, saying:
"Whilst patrolling, our community policing team have had cause to speak with a number of different men aged 30+ over the last week, who seemed to feel it is acceptable to attend certain public places within the district, to hunt Pokémon. Honestly, yes, you did read that correctly.”
The news reminds us of the reports from last year when people in the United States and Australia also fell afoul of the law while playing Pokemon Go. While these nations were in quarantine, Pokemon Go wasn’t an acceptable reason to go outside.
Why Did the Police Remove the Pokemon GO Tweet?
It’s unclear why the tweet was deleted. It does seem to imply a certain tone of contempt for any adults playing Pokemon GO.
It may be the case that the original tweeter has underestimated the game's popularity amongst all ages. They are potentially viewing Pokemon as a children’s franchise rather than one which is suitable for all ages.
Many original Pokemon fans from the 1990s will now be in their 30s, and still love the series. This may not be something non-Pokemon fans understand.
The tweet may have been deleted for suggesting playing Pokemon GO isn’t a valid form of exercise.
It may not be. But our question is; if you’re walking your dog or just going for a daily walk – where’s the harm in playing Pokemon GO while you do? Regardless of your age.
Of course, it depends on where these players were walking. And if they were breaking any lockdown rules at the time.
We may never know. But if you do play Pokemon GO as part of your daily lockdown exercise, make sure you stick to your local rules and keep your wits about you at all times.
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