Santa Claus is coming to town.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has accepted the “special assignment” to allow Santa Claus and his reindeer to fly across Canadian skies this Christmas, in a video released by Transport Canada.
“I am honored to allow Santa Claus and his reindeer crew to travel the Canadian skies this year,” Alghbra said in a statement Friday. “When I spoke to Santa Claus, he assured me that everything was ready to deliver gifts to Canadian children. I would like to wish all Canadians from coast to coast a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. Festive holidays.
Safety inspectors also cleared Santa’s sleigh for takeoff after testing the landing gear and making sure all navigation and communication systems were working. Even Santa’s reindeer harnesses were inspected to make sure they were secure for the trip.
A health check was also carried out on Santa Claus and his travel team.
“In a secure message to Minister Alghabra earlier this week, Santa Claus confirmed that he had completed his final test flight of the year and checked that he and the reindeer showed no signs of symptoms of COVID- 19 before takeoff,” the statement read.
During a videoconference with Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, Ms. Claus shared her advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 this holiday season.
“I always tell Santa to make a list! And double check it! First, stay up to date on your vaccinations. Second, wear a mask in crowded indoor places – and make sure it fits properly. Third, wash your hands for the tune of Jingle Bells,” Ms Claus said in the video.
Canadians can track Santa’s journey all night on Christmas Eve using the Norad Santa tracker.
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