Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niantic has announced a number of major changes for Pokémon GO. Read on below to learn more:
Temporary changes to Pokémon GO: Gym interaction distance has been doubled
The distance from which you can interact with Gyms has been temporarily doubled, allowing you to be farther from Gyms and other Trainers as you challenge Raid Bosses. This change also allows you to spin Photo Discs at Gyms if you are within the doubled distance; however, it will not change the distance required to spin Photo Discs at PokéStops.
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—The Pokémon GO team
Source: Official Pokemon GO blog