Advertisement

‘We do not consider playing ‘Pokemon Go’ to be appropriate decorum’: Arlington National Cemetery

Click to play video 'Pokémon Go becomes worldwide phenomenon in days, prompts safety concerns' Pokémon Go becomes worldwide phenomenon in days, prompts safety concerns
WATCH ABOVE: Pokémon Go becomes worldwide phenomenon in days, prompts safety concerns – Jul 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have requested that smartphone users refrain from “catching” Pokemon when they are visiting.

Museum Communications Director Andrew Hollinger tells The Washington Post that officials are trying to reach the developers of the popular new “Pokemon Go” game to get the museum removed as a prominent location.

READ MORE: Pokémon Go update appears to fix bug giving developer ‘full Google account access’

Like many other landmarks, the museum currently is a Pokestop – a place where players can get free in-game items. Players can also stumble upon Pokemon while wandering the halls.

WATCH: How Canadians are playing Pokémon Go before its release

Click to play video 'How Canadians are playing Pokémon Go before its release' How Canadians are playing Pokémon Go before its release
How Canadians are playing Pokémon Go before its release – Jul 11, 2016

Hollinger says playing the game seems disrespectful, especially while visitors are inside the Hall of Remembrance.

Story continues below advertisement

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia also asked visitors to refrain from playing the app.

READ MORE: Here’s how Canadians are playing ‘Pokémon Go’

“We do not consider playing ‘Pokemon Go’ to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC,” the military cemetery posted on Twitter.

Game developers Niantic Labs did not immediately respond to the newspaper’s question of whether it could stop Pokemon from popping up inside the museum.