So have these Bozos been on a Pokemon hunt in a car, or have the cops become Judge Dredd and decided the law on the street that this doesn't count as exercise. As I recall when Pokemon was released it was seen as good exercise.
Police in the Australian state of Victoria have fined Pokémon Go players for venturing out during COVID-19 quarantine. Victoria's capital city, Melbourne, has returned to lockdown after COVID-19 cases reached new highs after weeks in which only isolated cases emerged. The city's four-million-plus residents are now only …
Wednesday 15th July 2020 08:37 GMT Pascal Monett
As much as I find a single Pokemon player to not really be a problem, a 20+ KFC reunion in the middle of a pandemic is really pushing it.
It's like taking a stroll in a forest. Honestly, officer, apart from you, who do think I came in contact with ? You're the only other person around here, so you're the one putting me in danger.
Now Pokemon Go could be a problem if many players are congregating in the same place. If I understand the game, there are a limited amount of physical locations where those things can be found, so you're likely to see several people go to the same place, hopefully not at exactly the same time. But still, roving Pokemon Go players seem to me to be largely less of an issue than full-blown KFC parties.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 09:51 GMT NightFox
"It's like taking a stroll in a forest. Honestly, officer, apart from you, who do think I came in contact with ? You're the only other person around here, so you're the one putting me in danger."
But the trouble is you can't have discretionary rules because many people's discretion is poorly founded (as just a cursory glance of Facebook will confirm) - Pascal went walking [in the forest] and encountered a police office and that was OK, so I can also go for a walk [in a highly populated area].
But as soon as you start trying to be more granular with the rules (it's OK to go walking in forests but not in highly populated areas), people say the rules are too confusing - is a wood a forest? how many people makes an area highly populated?
So you're back to having a simple one-size-fits-all rule which has to be enforced with no scope for discretion.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 11:58 GMT Martin Summers
Nightfox you've hit the nail square on the head. Now if only more people cared to understand the necessary simplicity of the rules there'd be less wailing and gnashing. People choose not to understand because it suits them. So many people in the world couldn't care less about doing what's right for everyone, so they carry on as normal and pretend the rules were confusing.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 12:51 GMT Outski
Wednesday 15th July 2020 22:22 GMT taxman
So playing a GPS game based on being at real world locations (except that isn't the case) but doing it in a "virtual world" just seems to imply that the game you play could be run from being in a virtual world anyway ?
Going back to the item tho'. It just goes to show that there are a number of adults who think chasing after imaginary creatures based on code held in a database being actually on their streets is healthy.
Thursday 16th July 2020 07:09 GMT big_D
I'm guessing, if you did the Pokemon Go quietly as part of your exercise, it wouldn't be noticed, but in groups or running around back and forth and making a spectacle, on an otherwise deserted street, you'd probably be noticed and stopped.
Pokemon Go is hardly an essential activity.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 09:12 GMT The Central Scrutinizer
Wednesday 15th July 2020 11:03 GMT Anonymous Coward
Wednesday 15th July 2020 11:11 GMT Anonymous Coward
Conflicting Laws in this instance
As while the police are doing their bit for immediate public safety and upholding the regulations set out by the elected authorities, they are in effect nullifying the effect of a much more important “law”.
As a medic, I break this regularly by saving certain individuals from the consequences of their own actions yet, strangely, this is not what might get me into trouble.
Wednesday 15th July 2020 11:43 GMT John Brown (no body)
Wednesday 15th July 2020 20:26 GMT Marty McFly
Math + logic does not equal the hysteria
Fact: US population is around 329 million.
Fact: The CDC reported the US death rate in 2018 was 723.6 per 100k people.
Math: Therefore the US should have 2,378,670 deaths this year.
Fact: CDC is reporting around 135k Covid deaths in the US.
Math: The 135k Covid deaths represent a 5.6% death rate increase.
Logic flaw: There is zero co-morbidity with these Covid deaths.
Assertion: Many Covid victims would have died anyway from other causes.
Conclusion: Covid barely represents a statistical bump in the amount of deaths the US has every year.
Thursday 16th July 2020 06:10 GMT Ken Moorhouse
Thursday 16th July 2020 11:40 GMT Zolko
"authorities recorded around 100 COVID cases each day"
and how many were TESTED to find these cases ? and how many ILL people are there each day ? By now, everybody knows that most people who get infected by Covid-19 aren't really ill, not more than by a regular flu, heck, most don't even know they have it, they're asymptomatic. So for this 100 to be of any scientific value, at least 2 more numbers are needed:
- how many where tested in the same period (to find the infectious rate)
- how many are severely ill (to find how dangerous the situation is).
Throwing a number in the wild without context is a sure sign of panic propaganda.