Santa's grottoes will be open on ALL levels – but teenagers are told to sit back and not sit on Santa's knee in case they give him coronavirus
- Santa's grottoes can be opened in shops, garden centers and department stores
- This is because all non-essential retail stores are allowed across all levels
- The rules for "Covid-Safe" apply, so that traditional chat is prohibited on Santa's lap
- The government released its advice on the Christmas coronavirus today
Santa's grottoes are open on all levels, but only if the youngsters hold back and don't sit on Santa's knee according to the new government rules.
The government today released guidelines for singing Christmas carols, visiting churches, friends and family, and children hoping to meet Santa Claus.
"Santa's grottoes can be opened at all levels where they are in places where they are otherwise allowed to be opened," says the government.
This means that they can be opened in shops, garden centers and department stores as unnecessary retail is also allowed in Tier 3.
However, the grotto must comply with "appropriate Covid-safe measures," which means that traditional chat on Santa's lap is banned.
Santa is talking to two-year-old Leo over a live video stream to launch the Virgin Media Virtual Grotto Experience, which will be available on the three weekends leading up to Christmas due to pressure on the traditional grotto experience
Children will listen to a live streaming of Santa's grotto event
Children and parents can expect plastic bars to be thrown up and two-meter stickers stuck to the floor to comply with other government regulations.
Although children are largely protected from the virus, they can still pass it on to more vulnerable adults.
Government surveillance of the grotto is just one other aspect of life during the Christmas break (December 23rd and 27th) that is carefully monitored.
Carol's singing is also being checked as Covid-19 "spreads through small droplets, aerosols and through direct person-to-person contact".
While singing Christmas carols is not prohibited, the document slantingly suggests that choral performances could better be abandoned.
It stated: "Given the broader health context in your area and the context of your attendees, you should consider whether or not to proceed, especially if there are vulnerable people involved."
Santa Claus wears a red and white face mask in London earlier this month
For the most part, the new rules reiterate that while a “small” bubble of more than three households can form over the Christmas break, the measures for shops, bars and restaurants will remain in place, depending on your level .
"A Christmas bubble can spend time together in private homes, visit places of worship or meet in a public place outdoors," the government website said.
& # 39; In all other settings, users should follow the local restrictions in the tier in which they are located.
"Unless you are forming a Christmas bubble, continue to follow the instructions for the level in your area."
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