Santa still has a job to do, even during a pandemic. But, like everyone affected by COVID-19, he is going to have to come up with new and safe measures to find out what children want for Christmas. Social distancing, some in-person or drive-thru events with face coverings, and even virtual visits will likely replace sitting on Santa’s lap this year.
According to the Dayton Daily News, some shopping malls, such as the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Ohio, will welcome Santa so that children can express their wishes in person with contactless and social distancing guidelines in place. Parents need to make reservations to visit Santa to avoid lineups. Santa will wear a mask, and masks will be required for all children 2 years and older, according to a statement issued from Fairfield Commons management.
“Guests will have the opportunity to engage in conversation and take a photo with Santa while maintaining social distance. In an effort to ensure the health and wellbeing of our guests and Santa, guests will not sit on Santa’s lap during their visit,” read the statement.
New York-based Joe Larkin, aka Santa Joe, founder of ItsTheRealSanta.com, tells Newsmax that personalized videos are also an alternative for visits with Santa during the pandemic.
“Most Santas I know are offering some sort of video visits,” he said. “The most practical and safe are brief, personalized video recordings that a child can watch over and over, addressing them by name, mentioning their activities or pets and commenting on their Christmas lists.”
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