Important - Last Updated June 18th 2020
Ontario - Community First - Event/CITOs and Physical Distancing Due To COVID-19
On June 8th 2020, the Ontario Reviewer Team has resume Publishing of non-Event/non-CITO caches
Note: Adventure Labs are not Published/handled by Reviewers; their release/launch is in control of the Adventure Lab owner.
For updates regarding these measures, please bookmark and refer back to this page.
In Ontario, many caches were Disabled over the winter by their cache owners who were planning to reactivate them in the spring. Many other Disabled caches were waiting on a maintenance visit. Reviewers usually follow-up on (and in some cases Archive) caches that have been Disabled for a while.
When so many people are following public health guidance to stay at home, physical cache maintenance visits are unlikely to be a priority at this time. Thankfully there are proactive and positive cache maintenance tasks that can be performed, without leaving the house.
Hopefully, cache owners of Disable caches will plan to bring their caches back into the game in the future.
On May 25th 2016, Geocaching HQ announced the end of the moratorium on Challenge Caches in the Geocaching Blog.
Items listed below with bullet points are direct quotes from the Geocaching HQ articles above; text in bold has been provided by the Ontario Reviewer Team as clarification.
From the Geocaching Blog announcement:
Events often occur at venues which offer products/food and drink to patrons.
"Event Stacking" occurs when an attempt is made to host multiple events/CITOs in relative proximity (in location and time).
e.g. If an Event runs from 4PM to 7PM, any other Event less than 32km away should end no later than two hours before (2PM) or begin no earlier than two hours after (9PM).
It is recommended to check the upcoming Event Caches in Ontario by clicking here.
With the likelihood of there being more promoted Event opportunities in 2020, the Ontario Reviewer Team wish to make it easier for Players to host Events without them being considered "Stacked". For this reason, the 2-hour window and 32km crow-flies approach is being tested - optimistically, this could remain long term if the community approach is positive. In comparison, the UK Reviewer Team approach to Event Stacking requires at least 10 hours between different Events.
As per Geocaching HQ guidance:
e.g. "There have been a few DNFs, however it is a clever hide! I checked on it this morning. Check the hint!"
The number of "false positives" flagged with this process are minimal compared to the number of abandoned caches that this process will remove from the game.
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