Ingress Coronavirus loophole problem
As an ENL from the New England region, I know many people around the world are dealing with current events of the virus and doing the best they can. However, in the United States, or most regions, there have been 'stay at home' orders or 'shelter in place' initiatives to keep people safe.
My biggest concern is players attempting to play and field over in an area where others cannot go out as an unfair advantage when ordered to stay home. There have been stories of police now monitoring state borders in the United States to ensure safety and awareness, but not necessarily to pull them over even though that can happen.
Niantic should take responsibility to crack down on players who go out and play too much over others who are stuck at home on purpose during the Coronavirus situation. I don't care if they're going around by car just because they're a freelancer working from home, or walking/biking to practice 'safe distance' when in reality, they could be in certain areas they shouldn't be during the 'stay home' orders or areas that are closed down which could be considered trespassing.
I'm aware Google and other companies are now tracking down people's movements to determine the 'flattening' of the curve so if Niantic is letting people play outdoors in spite of these government orders, who is to know that the players could be asked by authorities to return home/leave or 'shelter in place'. I know for a fact that right now people will, in my region, be given a ticket or thrown in jail by law enforcement for violating the 'shelter in place' order if they continue to do so.
I know this is a game and only a game, but an un-necessary one during this crisis when people have to go to stores to get necessities for safety's sake. It's one thing to encourage others to go out for a walk locally for exercise on your own, but not in a dense or rural area where you know others are staying home stuck based on 'stay home' orders and then field over them.
So I'm asking Niantic to take this issue seriously and find a way to bring balance to the game during this coronavirus situation. Thanks.