Most malls around the country are making their Christmas plans and those plans DO include Santa… just not having kids sit in his lap.
They’re planning to hold no-contact Santa visits including masks, plexiglass dividers, and photos from six feet away. Some malls will even have Santa sit inside a giant snow globe, or be behind a giant picture frame. In some areas, Santas will be available for Zoom calls with kids who don’t feel safe coming to the mall.
The big reason for doing this is mall Santas’ health. Rick “Santa Rick” Rosenthal who runs a Santa school in Atlanta told CBS, “Santa’s are typically in a minimum of two high-risk categories: over age 65 and overweight.” Gotta keep Santa safe and healthy this holiday season!