With Virtually No New Covid Cases, Play! Pokemon Events Return to Australia and New Zealand!

TPCi has announced in-person events can now resume in Australia and New Zealand!

As of yesterday, Australia only has 69 active COVID-19 cases. Just six new infections were reported yesterday.

Conversely, the United States saw over 56,000 new infections yesterday and has experienced 29 million total cases. Australia has only experienced 29,000 total infections, meaning our daily rate is double their total count! (Our population is 13x larger, but still…)

Australian organizers also received an e-mail from TPCi instructing them to follow all local COVID-19 ordinances and laws. Organizers must fully document how they are complying with these laws and provide proof to TPCi. Failure to do so will result in loss of eligibility to hold events.

Pokémon Trading Card Game players in Australia and New Zealand should prepare themselves as Play! Pokémon events will be returning on March 1, 2021. You’ll once again be able to visit stores hosting Play! Pokémon events to participate in Pokémon League and Prerelease tournaments against other players. For questions or concerns regarding events at participating stores, please see the Play! Pokémon COVID-19 requirements.

The brand-new Event Locator is now available to help players discover events. Currently, the Event Locator will only show events for Australia and New Zealand.

In-person events in other areas remain suspended, but conditions will be consistently reviewed for future re-openings. In the meantime, Players Cup, Team Challenge, and League at Home continue to be available to eligible players in all participating countries.

In more Play! Pokémon news, the new Pokémon Event Manager (PEM) has launched and will help Professors and Tournament Organizers create and track Play! Pokémon events. The initial version of the new PEM is available only in English. Event organizers in countries outside Australia and New Zealand can continue to test PEM, but please note that Team Challenge tournaments will continue to run with Tournament Operations Manager (TOM) software.

Continue to visit the Play! Pokémon Events website for the latest updates.

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  1. don()shinobi PokeBeach's Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiast. I guess.
    don()shinobi

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    Meanwhile Texas just declared they'd reopen "100%", so don't expect organized play in the States anytime soon.
     
  2. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
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    Virtually no new cases means there are still cases so I wouldn’t feel comfortable about bringing back organised play
     
  3. FourteenAlmonds Helipotile
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    This is a valid point, and I do personally think that organised play should still be kept on hold, but it is worth noting that both Victoria and NSW (the two states with the two largest population centres) actually have been recording days of zero cases for quite a while now. I can't really speak as to NSW, but Victoria, where I am, has been at zero cases for 4 days now -- a short streak compared to what we've had at other points this year, but considering those streaks are broken only by one or two individual cases, I think its ok to say that things are fairly well under control.

    That being said, I do think that we should wait until vaccine rollout is in full swing. I personally will be waiting, but it is good to see that there is an end in sight for the struggles game stores have been facing without many in-person customers. I know that my LGS at the very least will welcome the return of IRL events, and ultimately so will I.
     
  4. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    The thing is that the cases being recorded are people coming back from overseas and are already doing their two week quarantine stint. Almost none of the cases recorded in the last few months were community cases and in the event that it was a community case, the entire state went into lockdown lasting at least a week, with masks becoming mandatory for a week longer than that.

    Not to mention but in states like WA, we've long since reopened our sporting venues and our casino to half capacity since July last year, with both our biggest stadium and our casino currently allowing a max capacity of 30,000 people, so Pokemon events are incredibly small in comparison (if we had any. I haven't heard of/attended any Pokemon events in WA since 2016)
     
  5. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer
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    I don't think it's realistic to expect the virus to be completely eliminated at any point, and certainly not within the next decade.
     
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  6. Poke_collector Aspiring Trainer
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    We may need to borrow your prime ministers as ours in the UK is an absolute joke. We have nearly 120K people dead
     
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  7. Tytus Expanded Best Format
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    RIP the dudes comment that got deleted by the Mods or Admins simply because they expressed their opinion. Lol.
     
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  8. bbninjas Ready or Not!
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    Australia / NZ starting Play! Pokemon events back up for the people who want them seems like a good call imo - these events are functionally no different to any of the other unorganised community gatherings that have started to pop up, if not better because official events have actual mandated social distancing / masking for those attending it. Those precautions plus contract tracing should be enough to cover any outbreaks, at least now that community transmission is essentially zero.
     
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