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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Santa Claus declared an essential worker, gifts to be delivered

Santa Claus says he still appreciates some milk and cookies, and maybe some Portuguese custard tarts

Santa Claus has been deemed an essential worker and will be allowed to deliver presents in Quebec on Christmas.

Premier François Legault made the announcement at a specially convened press conference Sunday afternoon in Montreal attended by St. Nick.

“After I announced that Quebec would be closing all non-essential services and stores as of Christmas Day, many children wrote me to ask if Santa Claus is considered an essential service. Will we have presents, yes or no?” Legault said.

“This news conference has been organized to tell everyone, today, that Santa Claus is recognized by (Quebec’s director of public health) Dr. Arruda as an essential service, and he will be allowed to distribute presents.”

Legault explained that the North Pole, where Santa Claus lives, has no cases of coronavirus, and is considered a green zone, so Santa is safe to visit homes in Quebec and all over the world. But the two-metre social distancing rule is still in effect, so children need to be in bed while Santa visits.

Santa Claus said he was overjoyed to hear the news.

“It means the magic of Christmas will go on, and Santa will distribute presents everywhere in Quebec, and all over Canada.”

Junior journalist Raphael, 7, asked if it was still permitted to leave a glass of milk and some cookies out.

“Yes, of course,” Santa Claus said. “I love cookies and a glass of milk. I would also appreciate a small slice of cake or pie. Or even some small Portuguese custard tarts.”

Legault also had a favour to ask of all the children of Quebec.

“I want to say thank you, for being brave,” he said. “It has not been easy for children. Like us, you had to learn to wear masks, and to stay two metres from others.

“I have a final favour to ask of you for the holidays. You know for your parents it was a difficult year, so we ask that when you’re in the house, to try and be calm.

“Try to be calm, give your parents a hug, and try not to aggravate them, because they had a hard year, too.”

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