Ireland declares Santa’s work “essential” to avoid self-quarantine to deliver Christmas

All right, kids, the coronavirus isn’t going to keep Christmas away – at least not in Ireland. The rules on self-quarantine do not apply to Jolly Old Saint Nick, confirmed Ireland’s top diplomat on Thursday, and he seeks to dispel fears that could cause concern for children who have had plenty of concern this year.

“We’ve been working on the Santa Claus issue for a few weeks,” Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said on the floor of the Irish Parliament without a twinkle in his eye. “It is important to tell all the children in the country that Santa’s travels are considered vital, so he is exempt from the need for self-quarantine for 14 days and must be able to enter and leave the Irish language. should move. “

Ireland, with a population of around 5 million, has managed to cover the COVID-19 epidemic more closely than many other European countries and has so far caused around 2,000 deaths from the disease.

In line with the majority of Europe’s neighbors, the Irish government is currently “not proposing all non-essential overseas travel to and from Ireland” and anyone flying in from outside the European Union. [the North Pole is not in the EU] “they are asked to limit their movement to 14 days.”

Irish schools were closed during the first wave of the pandemic, but reopened for the autumn cycle. Infection rates remain low, with schools relying on the detection of suspicious cases and close links to ensure that individual pupils return to home education for a two-week isolation period if necessary, largely avoiding school-wide closure.

But while children in Ireland, like their contemporaries around the world, had plenty of time to familiarize themselves with the cracks and cracks in the floorboards of their homes, Coveney warned them not to crawl on Christmas morning.

Everyday life in Dublin
The Santa Claus statue can be seen in front of a pub in Dublin, Irleland, in a file photo on November 26, 2018.

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With his advanced age and weakness for cookies, Santa is ultimately in a high-risk group.

“I’m sure the kids won’t stay up at night because they need social distance,” the foreign minister said. “So people need to stay at least 2 feet away at every stage to make sure we keep him and even the kids safe.”

“He’s relieved, he’s coming,” the diplomat stressed, obtaining first-hand information from the North Pole. “He confirmed this and appreciates the fact that Ireland has ensured that at a very, very different Christmas in 2020, Santa’s visit remains consistent.”

Coveney did not say whether Santa would be required to wear a mask when calling home.

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