With social distancing measures in place in many parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been making numerous tweaks to make the game easier to play. The studio will soon allow players to participate in Raid Battles from home, but before that option rolls out, it is temporarily letting you interact with Gyms from much farther away.
As Niantic explains in a new blog post, the studio is doubling the distance from which you can interact with Gyms, allowing you to spin Photo Discs and take part in Raid Battles while keeping a safe distance from other players. This change, however, only applies to Gyms; Niantic is not increasing the distance from which you can interact with PokeStops.
The distance from which you can interact with Gyms has been temporarily doubled, allowing you to be farther from Gyms and other Trainers as you challenge Raid Bosses. Learn more: https://t.co/Y9sa8WDIPf pic.twitter.com/sxXhBnuKy9
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Niantic has other adjustments in the works as well. The developer says it is "working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokemon Go Fest" this year, and it will also tweak the Adventure Sync feature so that it tracks your steps while performing indoor tasks "like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill."