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Santa may not need to quarantine to deliver Christmas gifts, Government says

A petition called for Father Christmas to be made exempt from the rule of six.

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The UK Government has indicated that Santa Claus may not need to quarantine when delivering presents on Christmas Day.

A petition lodged on the official Government website asked that Covid-19 rules be relaxed for Santa and give him an exemption from the rule of six.

It reads: “This petition calls on the government to exempt Father Christmas (Santa) from any quarantine periods that apply to people arriving in the UK from overseas AND to grant him an exemption from the “rule of six” or similar restrictions that may apply on visiting homes for the period covering Christmas.”


However, the petition — which was submitted at the end of September — was rejected.

The rejection for the petition said: “It’s not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

“Under current Coronavirus guidance, deliveries to the home are still possible.”

It then provided advice to Father Christmas, recommending he minimise contact wherever possible and have single workers load and unload his vehicle.

It said: “We know that Father Christmas is already very good at both of these things, but we’re sure he will continue to follow the guidance.

The Foreign Office’s current guidance does not require that visitors from Finland, including Lapland, are required to quarantine.

“In any case, aircraft pilots and drivers of goods vehicles are not required to self-isolate when travelling to the UK,” it added.

It concluded by suggesting the person who submitted the petition may like to sign one calling for the lifting of Covid regulations over Christmas.

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