Ireland declares Santa’s work “essential” so he can dodge quarantine

malls, but don’t get too closeIrish schools were closed during the first wave of the pandemic but they reopened for the autumn term. A statue of Santa is seen outside a pub in Dublin, Irleland, in a November 26, 2018 file photo. pic.twitter.com/AT7LTMKFFt— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) November 26, 2020

With a population of about 5 million, Ireland has managed to keep a tighter lid on its COVID-19 epidemic than many other European countries, blaming a total of around 2,000 deaths on the disease to date. “He has confirmed that and appreciates the fact that Ireland has ensured that in a very, very different Christmas in 2020, the visit of Santa Claus will be something that will remain consistent.”Coveney did not say whether Santa would be required to wear a mask on his house calls. Ireland declares Santa’s work “essential” so he can dodge self-quarantine to deliver Christmas

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November 27, 2020 / 7:10 AM
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Will you get a stimulus check by December 31? “We have been working on the Santa Claus issue for a number of weeks,” Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on the floor of the Irish parliament, without so much as a twinkle in his eye. “It’s important to say to all children in the country that we regard Santa Claus’ travels as essential travel for essential purposes, and therefore he is exempt from the need to self-quarantine for 14 days and should able to come in and out of Irish airspace, and indeed in and out of Irish homes, without having to restrict his movements.”
Important message for children of #Ireland – #Santa is coming & will be exempt from #Covid restrictions on International Travel. “So people need to keep at least 2 meters away at all stages to make sure that we keep him safe, and indeed children as well.””He is exempt, he is coming,” stressed the diplomat, claiming first-hand information from the North Pole. Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty

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In line with most of its European neighbors, Ireland’s government currently “advises against all non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland,” and anyone who flies in from outside the European Union [the North Pole is not in the EU] is “requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.”Santa will visit U.S. Officials plea for safety on Thanksgiving

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First published on November 27, 2020 / 7:10 AM However children should be aware that social distancing guidelines should apply to Santa. More

“I am assured that children should not stay up at night, because he does need to social distance,” said the foreign minister. Self-quarantine rules will not apply to Jolly Old Saint Nick, Ireland’s top diplomat confirmed on Thursday, seeking to allay any fears that might be fueling anxiety in children who’ve had plenty to worry about this year. Infection rates have remained low, with schools relying on tracing of suspected cases and close contacts to make individual students revert to home learning for two-week isolation periods as necessary, largely avoiding whole-school closures.But while Ireland’s kids, like their contemporaries around the world, have had ample time this year to familiarize themselves with the creaks and cracks of their homes’ floorboards, Coveney warned them not to go creeping around in the wee hours of Christmas morning.