Santa Claus gets a pandemic makeover
Malls across America are making photos with Santa Claus socially distanced and contactless amid the coronvirus pandemic. FOX Business’ Jeff Flock with more.
As families find themselves staying home, instead of going home, for the holidays, cities across the country are turning to alternative methods to celebrate a Christmas curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans.
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Neighborhood light shows can be seen only from a car window, and tree lightings are held with limited audiences to limit the spread of the virus.
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The highly anticipated trip to see Santa Claus — also known by the name Kris Kringle — as pictured in the 1983 classic "A Christmas Story" is no exception.
As COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to spike while the very first vaccinations are given to high-risk groups, elves and the big man himself are visiting with children from places like Routt County, Colo., Alexandria, Minn., Irvine, Ky., Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Presque Isle, Maine, and Show Low, Ariz.
In order to comply with health restrictions, Santa is sitting behind a plastic sheet or waving from car windows.
In Seattle, Santa was ensconced in a giant plastic bubble while kids showed him their Christmas wish lists, and Georgia mall Santas donned face shields and masks.
Many of the jolly old elves have gone not only socially distant but virtual. They're on Facebook Live and Zoom, calling and responding to children using videoconferencing tools.
Oklahoma's Cordell Chamber of Commerce hosted an interactive event at the beginning of the month where Santa read the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
As NPR reported on Tuesday, the prerequisites for most Santas are to be both overweight and older — two attributes that put the men at increased risk for COVID-19.