I always wonder what’s this talk of going back to normal.
It’s not gonna happen.
Niantic is explicitly stating this intention with research tasks back in July and even published a roadmap for it. (Which also includes reduced gym/stop radius as promised)
Jokes on them, the real world disagrees.
The Delta virus will soon sweep all of Europe and then all over the world and by that time we will just get more lockdowns and more social distancing. And there will soon me more variants in the upcoming decade.
There is already a Delta variant sweeping all over vaccinated states with one thirds of people infected in Israel being vaccinated. UK is ready to propose for more Delta Covid lockdowns any time soon.
So why bother reopening, Niantic? False hope? Because the fact is evident that there is no reopening.
Alas, Niantic should had been shut down their servers because their game is now completely unsustainable and outdoor exploration and gatherings are not a part of the New Normal.