Charlie Buttrey

October 18, 2020

Here’s another thing to add to your list of Things COVID has ruined: Seeing Santa Claus at the mall.

According to this article at, malls — already dealing with dismal retail sales in the wake of the pandemic — are scrambling to figure out how to let kids visit Santa during the Christmas shopping season. Some are “offering Zoom calls instead of in-person visits,” while others will be offering the live Santa experience, though Santa will be wearing a mask, and the children won’t be able to sit on his lap. One mall operator is considering “placing Santa behind plexiglass.”

Unfortunately, Santas tend to be both obese and over the age of 65, two of the risk factors for serious COVID-related complications.


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