That nations of the UK are in lockdown as a variant of COVID-19 sweeps through the land. We are allowed outside for carefully defined and essential activities, including exercise, in your local area.
This blogger goes for a brisk walk; and has his Ingress scanner open for some of it. Why not?
Well, Essex police aren’t too happy about Pokemon Go players milling around.
The local newspaper, Southend Standard, noticed a tweet from Rochford Police. It’s now been deleted but read;
“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.
“If that happens to be someone you know, please remind them of the following information shared by our partners at Rochford District Council.”
An Essex police spokesperson pointed out that there had been concerns of people “making non-essential journeys” in the Rochford area and explained that the tweet was taken down to ensure an appropriate level of seriousness.
Niantic has always reminded people to follow local guidelines. Of course, Ingress differs from Pokemon Go as it’s raid analogue is brand new and yet to take off. It’s far more common to find groups of Pokemon Go players together looking for a rare Pokemon than it is to find Ingress players huddling together to take down a portal.
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