Night curfew to tackle Pokémon hunters

pokemonThe small polder village of Lillo in Antwerp province wants to have a curfew installed to keep out the big numbers of Pokémon hunters flocking there in the late evening or past midnight.

Lillo’s 33 local residents and the local district chairman demand that a kind of curfew be installed. Over the past weeks, Lillo saw big numbers of Pokémon enthusiasts pour in – and not only youngsters –  after the rumour emerged that the few streets in the village boast some rare kinds of Pokémon.

When various hunters flock to the same place to catch them, even more Pokémon pop up, which increaaed the Lillo hype. A Facebook post also mentioned Lillo as “the place to be”, which also didn’t help to keep down the numbers.

Pub owners are however happy with the many crowd, but agree with local residents that the craze should stop at midnight. At present, Pokémon hunters are seen chasing until 3 or 4 in the night.

Lillo is a tiny village crammed between the River Scheldt and the Antwerp port.

In another similar case, Pokémon Go brought traffic to a standstill recently when more than a thousand fans of Pokémon Go trooped to the Thonissenlaan in the Limburg city of Hasselt when the Pokéball was there for several days.

As a result the Hasselt inner ring had to be closed for a time causing traffic chaos in the centre of the city.

The Pokémon fans had congregated around the Pokéball as they believed that they would be able to catch a special Pokémon figure there. However, it turned out to be a publicity stunt by a local discotheque. Inside the Pokéball was a DJ that played a one-hour set for those that had gathered. – vrt