Niantic appears to be on a wave of COVID relief, with Italy the latest country to host a special event dedicated to getting Pokémon GO players back in touch with each other. Niantic shared the following statement (raw translation of Italian mail):
Today we are delighted to announce the launch of a special commercial to celebrate “The Family of Coaches” in Italy. Getting back together with friends and family after being apart for so long is always an exciting experience. Rediscover Pokémon GO with them exploring the environment around you.
As part of this event, from July 2 to August 8, Italian Pokémon GO Trainers at You can exclusively enjoy the following bonuses in the game:
- Sponsored hot air balloon appears in game (white balloon, not Meowth balloon, grants items)
- A free box will be available in the store containing the following items:
- 30 Pokeball
- 15 Hyperpotions,
- 1 decoy module,
- 15 Revive
- In the first half of July, a real Pokémon GO balloon will fly over select Italian cities, giving Trainers the opportunity to admire a real hot air balloon.
No special spawns have been announced for this event. Italy was one of the European countries most affected by COVID, as described in the Documentary Corona in Italy.
We salute Niantic for this event and hope it is not the last of its kind in the world.