Premier Doug Ford has declared Santa Claus an essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As children across Ontario count down the days to Christmas with excitement, I want to reassure all the boys and girls out there that Santa is still coming this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ford said in a statement on Thursday.
“As Premier, I have officially designated Santa Claus as an essential service provider and authorized to deliver toys, treats and good cheer to the children of Ontario.”
Ford said he also designated the Elves’ Toy Workshop as an essential manufacturing business and authorized to supply Santa Claus with toys and gifts.
Additionally, Santa’s Reindeer, including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, are “essential transportation service providers” and permitted to pull Santa’s sleigh across every part of Ontario.
“Santa and his reindeer have one of the most essential jobs of all, delivering toys to all the good children in Ontario and around the world every Christmas Eve. While this Christmas is different than any other, Santa is taking every safety precaution necessary and will continue to make his rounds,” Ford said.
“I would like to thank Santa Claus, the elves, reindeer and all of Ontario’s essential workers this holiday season. From nurses to construction workers, personal care workers to grocery store clerks and so many other essential workers, we are grateful for the hard work you have done all year long.”
On Wednesday, Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, also gave Saint Nick the all-clear for take-off in Canadian skies, just in time for Christmas.