New government guidelines clarify which Santa’s caves can open when the lockdown ends in England on December 2 this week.
The government says some caves will be allowed in all three levels of the new system
According to The mirror, the escorts say Santa is allowed as long as the cave is in a location that is already open.
It means that caves are allowed to open if they are located in shops, garden centers and department stores on all levels, as non-essential retail is allowed.
But it is unclear whether they are allowed to open as part of a Christmas market. Indoor and outdoor markets are allowed to open up as non-essential retailers.
But indoor attractions at mostly outdoor attractions are not allowed in Level 3.
The Mirror has asked number 10 to clarify this guideline.
The guideline also calls on caves to take “appropriate Covid-safe measures” – including social distancing.
This seems to rule out the traditional cave arrangement of a young person sitting on Santa’s knee whispering their Christmas wishes in his ear.
It’s unlikely that Santa will be required by law to wear a face cover, but the guidance says employees should do so if social distance isn’t possible.
Singing Carol is also allowed – but with serious health warnings and recommended guidance.
The document states: “When singing, steps must be taken to reduce the risk of transmission, including limiting the number of participants as much as possible.
“The cumulative effect of aerosol transmission means that the more people involved, the greater the risk of transmission.”
The ‘Safer Singing’ accompaniment, published last week, suggests that choir singing should only take place outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, with a limited number of singers – all of whom should be two meters apart if possible.
The performance and rehearsal should be “limited”, and if possible at a “reduced level of loudness”.
The government has also encouraged singers to consider wearing face covers while singing.