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Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

By JOSEPH PISANI       Associated Press    11/16/2020
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NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus is coming to the mall — just don’t try to sit on his lap.

Despite the pandemic — and the fact that Santa’s age and weight put him at high risk for severe illness from the coronavirus — mall owners are going ahead with plans to bring him back this year.

But they are doing all they can to keep the jolly old man safe, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, no matter if they’ve been naughty or nice.

Kids will instead tell Santa what they want for Christmas from six feet away, and sometimes from behind a sheet of plexiglass. Santa and his visitors may need to wear a face mask, even while posing for photos. And some malls will put faux gift boxes and other decorations in front of Saint Nick to block kids from charging toward him.

Source:  https://apnews.com/article/santa-claus-coronavirus-plexiglass-bd4e7463c848b0828b00ea5f577c8baf

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So far, the children I've seen don't seem to mind the separation.  I'm still hearing Christmas wishes and all about school and activities.  It's not ideal, but it's not bad.

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Santa Bill Reiller

I agree they do not seem to mind it much.  Just miss the physical contact.  No more hugs or holding babies.

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Holly Claus

I'm glad that we don't have to "cancel" Christmas, due to this horrible virus! Santa will still be able to talk to the children and they can talk to him. 

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Santa Ross W

The photo looks like the Bass Pro setup I saw in Tampa. By appointment only, and the slots filled fast! Voices were muffled, and much had to be repeated to communicate. Can't wait for 2021.

 

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