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Irish Foreign Minister Confirms Santa 'Exempt' From COVID Travel Restrictions

This Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, delivered what he said was an “important message for the children of Ireland” in parliament on November 26, confirming that Santa Claus would be exempt from any travel restrictions in place this Christmas.

“We regard Santa Claus’s travel as essential travel,” Coveney said, meaning Santa would be exempt from the requirement to self quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Ireland. Santa will be able to come into Irish airspace, “and indeed … Irish homes,” the minister said, “without having to restrict his movement.”

Coveney did request, however, that children stay in bed, to ensure social distancing as Santa was delivering their presents. Credit: Oireachtas via Storyful