The Pokémon Company has shared the below update in regard to concerns surrounding COVID-19:
For the Health and Safety of the Play! Pokémon Community, Some Events Have Been Canceled. Please read this article for more information regarding specific upcoming 2020 events.
The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority. Organizers of League, Regional, and Special Events are independent of Pokémon and act in the best interest of their event and community, including always being mindful of the safety of all attendees. Out of an abundance of caution, and after discussions with event organizers regarding recommendations and guidance set forth by local and national health authorities, the following events are canceled:
- Mississauga/Toronto Regional Championships, scheduled for March 13-15
- Charlotte Regional Championships, scheduled for March 20-22
- Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020, scheduled for March 28-29
- Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships, scheduled for April 4-5
Please visit the event websites for updates and Pokemon.com/PlayPokemon for more information on Play! Pokémon events. We are evaluating all independent and Pokémon-organized events on a case-by-case basis based on the most up-to-date information and recommendations provided by appropriate government organizations. We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this challenging time.
Should I be concerned about COVID-19 at Play! Pokémon events?
The safety and well-being of our community, both competitors and organizers, is our top priority.
We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers to consider the guidelines issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings when determining whether to attend an event. At the event, all attendees should follow the protocols set forth by local health authorities and the WHO.
What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at your events?
Out of an abundance of caution, we are altering several aspects of player interaction at Pokémon organized events, such as removing the requirement to shake hands before and after matches. We are making hand-sanitizers available to attendees while also taking additional measures to sanitize surfaces as much as possible. We strongly advise all attendees, volunteers, and organizers follow the protocols issued by the WHO with regards to health and wellness while attending mass gatherings.