And it comes with some advice parents might wish to use to get their kids to bed!
In a very solemn setting in the Dáil (the lower house of the Irish government), Simon Coveney, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defense, addressed the nation on a very serious issue. With speech in hand, the minister shared some much-awaited news on the topic of Santa Claus.
The question had been raised by John Brady, a member of parliament for Sinn Féin, on whether Santa would be exempt from the stringent COVID-19 measures currently in place. Coveney made it very clear that after weeks of “working on the Santa issue,” he would be exempt from quarantining, as of course his work is deemed essential. With newcomers to the Emerald Isle normally self-isolating for 14 days, Santa is officially now exempt from these measures.
Even more adorably, Brady seemed delighted that all parties were in agreement: “As it is important, perhaps even more so than on Brexit, that we have an all-party approach on this important issue,” he stated, as reported in The Journal.
So to the relief of all the youngsters, and their parents, it seems Santa has been given the green light to get his parcels wrapped — at least for the kids in Ireland. The one thing the minister did stress, however, was that social distancing still need to be respected. The best way to achieve this is to have kids snuggled up in their beds nice and early!
Some families choose not to make Santa part of Christmas, but for those who do, the message is a little sweet relief during the pandemic. It’s always heartwarming to see any government caring for their citizens, young and old.
Important message for children of #Ireland – #Santa is coming & will be exempt from #Covid restrictions on International Travel. However children should be aware that social distancing guidelines should apply to Santa. pic.twitter.com/AT7LTMKFFt— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) November 26, 2020