This morning, Niantic announced that the St. Louis Safari Zone event for Pokémon Go has been postponed. The event was scheduled to take place March 27-29, but health concerns related to COVID-19 have led the company to decide that it is best to postpone the Safari Zone event for the time being.
We are closely monitoring the situation of COVID-19, in particular with regard to our live Niantic events around the world. While we prefer never to postpone or cancel events, the health and safety of our players is our top priority. We also understand that many people have been planning and waiting for these events for a long time. . . We made the difficult decision to postpone Safari Zone St. Louis. We are considering other dates in the next 12 months and will provide an update as soon as possible.
Once Niantic announces new dates for Safari Zone events, we will be sure to cover them. In the meantime, if players want a refund for their St. Louis tickets, they can do so by submitting a refund request. Please note that all refund requests must be completed before 11:59 p.m. PST on March 25 so that you can collect your money.
Alternatively, anyone who keeps their tickets can use them for the date in the rescheduled Safari area. As a bonus, those who keep their tickets will be able to meet special Pokémon in the Safari area and participate in special searches wherever they are during the hours of the event initially scheduled. Note that you do not have to do anything to keep your tickets. Niantic will send e-mails to ticket holders once the new dates for the St. Louis safari area have been decided.
Currently there are no plans to reschedule the Liverpool and Philidelphia Safari Zone events, but this may change in the future depending on local health concerns. Niantic went on to say that while most in-game events will be available to players around the world, “the experience may vary for players in high-risk COVID-19 areas.” This could mean that Community Day events could be canceled in places at higher risk of the virus. We will keep our ears on the ground and cover any new postponement or cancellation of this nature.
Until then, don’t forget to have fun and be safe while playing Pokémon Go!