COVID-19 Cancels Pokémon Events in Japan, Korea, Italy, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore
The Pokémon Company and Pokémon Centers have announced they have canceled various events scheduled to be held after February 29th, 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and to consider customer safety. They will inform customers on the official site when they plan to resume events. They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but they appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Events Canceled or Postponed:・ Pokémon Card Game Events: City League Season 3 / Trainers League / Gym Battles / Pokéca's Weekends / Pokémon Card Game Classes / First Battles
These events are scheduled to resume on March 20th, 2020, but they will continue to monitor the latest situation. The official Card Game site updated on March 13th, 2020 that all events in Japan would be canceled until April 3rd, 2020.
・ Pokémon Card Game Caravan - The February 29th, 2020 event at Tokushima Momoya Toy Game Shop will go ahead as planned. The March 7th, 2020 event at the Geo Naha Shintoshin store in Okinawa will be postponed.
・ Events related to “Pokémon Game Gym”
・ Events held at Pokémon Centers
・ Pokémon GO Nidorino and Gengar Raid Day has been canceled in Japan, South Korea, and Italy which was scheduled for Sunday, March 1st, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.
・ Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Grand Reopening rescheduled from March 6th, 2020 to April 2020.
・ The Safari Zone St. Louis, Missouri, US from Friday, March 27th, 2020 to Sunday, March 29th, 2020 was canceled.
・ The Pokémon GO Abra Community Day which was scheduled to take place on March 15th, 2020 was postponed.
・ Canada Regional Championships 2020 scheduled for March 13th, 2020 to March 15th, 2020 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada was canceled an hour after the event was scheduled to start. Later in the day on March 13th, 2020, the official Pokémon website announced that Charlotte Regional Championships, scheduled for March 20-22, 2020, Regional de Pokémon de Joinville em Santa Catarina 2020, scheduled for March 28-29, 2020 and Salt Lake City Pokémon Regional Championships, scheduled for April 4-5, 2020 had been canceled as well.
・All Play! Pokémon Events Canceled from March 17th, 2020 through May 14th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO Raid Hour: This events cancellation was announced on March 17th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO Safari Zone - Liverpool and Philadelphia postponements were announced on March 18th, 2020.
・Pokémon GO - Special Lugia Raid Week was to be held on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to Tuesday, March 31st, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PDT but was canceled on March 23rd, 2020.
・Pokémon Center Singapore - Events Suspension Announcement - March 24th, 2020 - All mascot appearances, TCG and VGC Elite 4 Challenges, Pokémon Explorer Tours, TCG Free Battles, and all workshops were canceled.
・ Pokémon GO Raid Hour (every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. local time): This event was canceled until further notice on March 27th, 2020.
・ 2020 Pokémon Championship Series Canceled including the 2020 World Championships - Announced on March 31st, 2020. All invitations to the 2020 Pokémon World Championships would be honored for the 2021 World Championships.
・Pokémon Center Singapore - Anniversary Celebrations Postponed
・Pokémon the Movie Coco Special Advance Ticket Release Date Postponed - Originally scheduled for purchase on April 17th, 2020.
・Pokémon Center Singapore Temporary Closure - The Pokémon Center Singapore announced on April 4th, 2020 that it would temporarily close from Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 until Monday, May 4th, 2020, or until further advised by the Ministry of Singapore.
・Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores to Temporarily Close in Japan - Announced on April 7th, 2020, from April 8th, 2020 until the emergency declaration ends, the stores were temporarily closed. On April 17th, 2020, it was announced that the remaining stores that were opened during that time period would also close on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 but the Pokémon Center Online would continue to operate normally.
・Pocket Monsters 2019 Anime Production Delays - The official Pocket Monsters anime PR Twitter posted an announcement on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 that due to the COVID-19 issue becoming a issue in Japan, production of the anime has come to a halt and that all new episodes are being delayed starting with PM 2019 episode 23 which was originally scheduled to air on Sunday, April 26th, 2020.
・Pokémon Japan Championships 2020 (PJCS2020) Canceled - The Pokémon Japan Championships 2020 (PJCS2020) was scheduled to be held at Pacifico Yokohama on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 and Sunday, June 28th, 2020.
・On May 13th, 2020, the official Pokémon Twitter news account posted a Tweet announced that Pokémon the Movie: Coco had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
・The Pokémon Masters Special Event Double Trouble featuring the Team Rocket voice actors was released on July 8th, 2020 but it did not include the English voices at the launch of the event due to recording issues from COVID-19.
* There is currently no scheduled closures for the Pokémon Centers and Pokémon Stores due to the impact of this virus, but if there is any changes due to the recommendation from the government, local governments, regulatory agencies, health centers, etc, The Pokémon Company will announce it.
Sources: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/info/2020/02/200228_at01.html, https://www.pokemon-card.com/info/2020/20200226_002317.html, https://twitter.com/NianticHelp/status/1233497146386788359