Public asked not to play Pokemon Go on grounds of Illinois veterans homes

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, IDVA, has asked Nintendo to restrict the internet augmented reality game, Pokemon Go, from any of the department's veterans homes properties.

The department also announced in a news release that it will ask the public not to play the game on these grounds as well.

One of the departments veterans homes is located along North Main Street in Anna.

"We are concerned for the welfare of our residents and staff at the homes, as well as those playing the game," IDVA spokesperson Dave MacDonna said.

"Reports have started coming in of distracted drivers on the grounds. We are taking this preemptive approach, in hopes of protecting all involved."

Since the game started, many people have been seen on various IDVA properties, playing the game. 

The IDVA has four veteran homes in Illinois located in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy. A total of 900 veterans live at the four homes. 

"We welcome all to come and visit our properties, but we prefer them to be aware of their surroundings and not hurt themselves or anyone else while on our grounds," MacDonna said.

The Gazette-Democrat

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