13 Mar 2020 02:33 PM
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A new news article has been posted!
The only Pokémon Regional Championships scheduled for Canada in 2020 was to be held on March 13th, 2020 to March 15th, 2020 at The International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Organizers announced after the events official start time that the event had been canceled and many participants had already entered the venue. This already compounds a very bad season for competitive play for Pokémon. A memo sent throughout the Ontario provincial health system by Dr. David Williams, the provinces chief medical officer, recommended that Ontarians not travel outside of Canada and gatherings larger than 250 people be canceled.
The official Pokémon website updated later on Friday, March 13th, 2020 with the cancellation of 3 other regional events as well. The Regional Championships event for Perth Australia on March 14th and 15th, 2020 appears to be going ahead as scheduled.
For the Health and Safety of the Play! Pokémon Community, Some Events Have Been CanceledPlease 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:
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.
Please check for updates regarding Play! Pokémon events on our website and @PlayPokemon. If you have additional questions, please contact Pokémon Customer Service.
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.
Toronto Regional Championships 2020 Canceled
Statement from Poké-Regionals, Events by Yeti GamingTo all Players, Spectators, Staff and supporters of the Play! Pokémon Regional event scheduled to take place this weekend in Mississauga.
The safety and health of our players is of paramount concern to Yeti Gaming, The Pokémon Company International, and all involved with these events.
We have been actively working with The Pokemon Company International, the International Centre, and monitoring the announcements and recommendations from the Canadian government and health organizations.
Based on today’s announcement by the Canadian government regarding events with over 250 attendees, the Play! Pokémon Regional event taking place this weekend is being cancelled.
This is unfortunate, but a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff and their families.
All refunds will be handled automatically next week.
Play Pokémon Official AnnouncementAn important update in regards to this weekend’s Mississauga Regional Championships.
This post was last edited 13 Mar 2020 06:32 PM by Sunain
13 Mar 2020 06:31 PM
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If this official announcement was made like 3 days ago, I'd be more than fine with it, but you don't announce an event is canceled 2 hours after it starts.
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