Pokemon Players In Australia Got In Trouble For Playing The Game During COVID-19 Lockdown

Two men from Victoria, Australia have been reprimanded for leaving their homes to play Pokemon amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

In a briefing with press today, Victoria’s deputy commissioner Rick Nugent spoke about the hundreds of fines issued in recent days for breaches of the recently introduced rules, and he singled out some Pokemon players in particular.

“The reasons for leaving your premises are well-known–I can say they don’t include playing Pokemon,” Nugent said. “A couple of mates out in the car travelling around playing Pokemon doesn’t fit within those reasons to leave, and those males were issued with infringement notices.”

Nugent is presumably referring to Pokemon Go, a game that asks its users to leave their homes in search of Pokemon.

Also during the briefing, Nugent said police reprimanded a person who was so committed to eating their KFC that they refused to leave the establishment where dine-in is not allowed. “A person ordered KFC and sat in the restaurant and refused to leave. Police attended and the person still refused to leave, wanting to finish their KFC,” Nugent said.

There are around 4,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, and 27 deaths.

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