An unfortunate, but unsurprising, update has come to Pokémon GO. The upcoming Pokémon GO Safari Zone event has been postponed after growing concern over the fast-spreading illness, COVID-19.
The event, originally set to take place from March 27-29 in St. Louis, will be put on hold for an undetermined amount of time. Niantic stated Monday that they’re looking for an alternative date sometime in the next 12 months.
St. Louis was to be the first in a series of international events for Pokémon GO. Other locations included Philadelphia and Liverpool. Those are still scheduled for May and April respectively and have not been included in the postponing.
“Given the varying degrees of impact and risk from location to location,” Niantic said, “there is no one-size-fits-all solution across our live events. We are watching risk level assessments for each country from global health experts and working closely with local government agencies to determine whether or not to move forward with each individual event.”
Stay tuned folks. It’s a shame to delay such an exciting event. But health comes first, especially in a situation like this.
If you purchased a ticket to Safari Zone St. Louis and want a refund, please contact Niantic through the in-app support system before March 25.