Niantic ultimately decided to postpone more of their upcoming events as the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop.
Recently, Niantic had to postpone their monthly Community Day and introduced some elements in the game that would discourage its Pokémon GO players from walking outdoors.
Now, as the pandemic progressively gets worse, Niantic decided to postpone more major events they lined up for players up till May.
These are namely the Pokémon GO Safari Zone events that were set to take place in Liverpool and Philadelphia from 17 April to 19 April, and 8 May to 10 May, respectively.
Niantic postponed its first Safari Zone event for the year in St. Louis, which would have taken place from 27 March to 29 March. It was initially mentioned they would re-evaluate the situation in “early April” for the events in Liverpool and Philadelphia.
Players who’ve already bought tickets can request for a refund, with varying deadlines for each Safari Zone event; 25 March for St. Louis; 15 April for Liverpool; and 6 May for Philadelphia.
Players can, however choose to keep their ticket and will still be able to use it for when Niantic officially announces the rescheduled date.
Players who choose to retain their tickets will be able to experience Safari Zone Pokémon encounters and get a Special Research questline globally during the original event dates in their local timezones.
Well then, I don’t see why players would choose to refund their tickets. They could experience these bonuses and still go for the Safari Zone when it’s rescheduled, presumably later this year. It’s honestly a win-win situation for both sides here.