The holidays are going to be very different this year. With COVID-19 still rampaging across the country, it’s lucky that the holidays haven’t been completely canceled. Though for many people it is important to keep some holiday traditions for the sake of their kids, such as Santa Claus mall visits. However, as long as you use common sense and practice COVID safety, it shouldn’t be a huge cause for concern. Here are some tips for meeting Santa this year safely that can also serve as a guide to Christmas events during the pandemic in general.
Tips For Meeting Santa With Your Kids In 2020
Prepare your kids for a different Santa experience this year opens in a new window. Many malls have eliminated Santa this season citing safety concerns. For example, Macy’s in NYC is not having a Santa for the first time in 160 years. Some malls are even offering virtual Santa Claus mall visits. However, some local malls are having a live Santa experience and it’s important to know what to expect.
- Reservations – You will probably have to make a reservation to meet Santa this year to prevent large crowds from forming in a specific area.
- Plexiglass – Santa will have plexiglass around him this year to protect himself, but your child will still have the opportunity to tell him what they want for Christmas.
- Social Distancing – This year, Santa will have to be six feet or more away from your kids, so don’t expect to have your child sitting in his lap for the photo.
- Wearing Masks – Even though your kids will still be able to get a photo with Santa this year, masks may have to be worn for that photo due to safety precautions.
Thus, many malls are going above and beyond to ensure that you still have your holiday traditions with your kids just be sure to be respectful of the rules and regulations in place.
Covid-19 Precautions to Take
- Mask Up – Make sure you have spares along, and let the kids carry their own so they feel like they’re a part of the plan. You and your children will need to be wearing a mask for the entirety of your mall visit.
- Wear Gloves – It won’t be a problem in New Jersey to get the kids to wear gloves, after all, it’s cold outside. Make sure they keep them on while they’re in the mall, and it’s a good idea to carry a pair or two of rubber gloves as spares.
- Carry Sanitizing Wipes – Be prepared to wipe down anything you and your kids have to come into contact with including doors and carts.
- Social Distance – This will be required while meeting Santa this year. It’s hard to get kids to remember this, but you must make it clear that it’s a priority.
- Set up a Cleaning Station – Have a table set up for when you get home where you can wipe down any packages with sanitizing napkins and collect all clothing and masks to go straight into the washing machine.
Santa Claus Insurance
As a Santa Claus actor, your job is to help kids feel the joy of Christmas. You can’t afford to allow them to see you as a humbug this year with the stress of COVID-19. Thus, make sure you’re covered with Santa Claus Insurance to protect you from the groundless claims that could happen this year with the experience being different.
- Santa Claus mall visits can be safe and fun this year.
- Prepare your kids for what they’ll see before you go.
- Practice the safety guidelines opens in a new window as recommended by the CDC.
- Have a cleanup station ready for when you get home.
If you’re interested in Santa insurance or any other type of insurance for home and family, contact Marine Agency Insurance to see all that we can do for you.