Santa Claus will wear a mask and can go anywhere in the world with a travel certificate, the Italian prime minister wrote on Facebook on Thursday to reassure the children in his country about the end-of-year holidays, reports AFP.

“Santa Claus has assured me that he already has an international travel certificate: he can travel everywhere and give presents to all the children in the world,” Giuseppe Conte wrote in response to a letter from a five-year-old boy named Tommaso asking the prime minister. Italian not to isolate “Babbo Natale”.

“He confirmed to me that he always uses the mask and keeps the right distance to protect himself and everyone he meets,” the Italian prime minister added.

He then advised the boy to place a bottle of disinfectant gel under the fir tree, in addition to warm milk and biscuits.

“I want to tell you that it will not be necessary to specify in your letter to Santa Claus that you were good, because I have already told him,” the head of the Italian government continued.

“I also heard that you want to ask Santa to drive away the coronavirus. Don’t forget to ask for another gift,” Giuseppe Conte said at the end of the message.

Italy, the first country in Europe to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring, has been facing a second virulent wave for several weeks and has recently surpassed one million cases of coronavirus.

Regardless of the evolution of the pandemic in the coming weeks, the Minister of Regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia, said on Thursday that this year Christmas will be celebrated as a family, in a very small setting.

Belgium exempts Santa Claus from quarantine so he can distribute gifts to children

St. Niklaas in Flemish or Saint Nicholas in Walloon – will not be forced to stay in quarantine and will not be affected by the traffic ban between 22:00 and 06:00 in order to distribute gifts to all children in Belgium on the night of 5 to On December 6, the Belgian Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Health announced in a letter written in a funny note on Thursday, EFE reports.

Spain, the country where, according to tradition, Santa Claus comes from, is in a red zone, and citizens traveling from Spain to Belgium are obliged to respect the quarantine period. However, the government decided to make an exception for Santa Claus and his helpers on the evening of December 5, when it is said that the legendary character lands in the port of Antwerp.

“As it is known, Santa has no time to waste and needs every minute to be able to distribute gifts to children, so we decided to make an exception for him. A royal decree will be published in the Official Gazette as soon as possible.” The Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden, and the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenbroucke, announced in the letter.

The two ministers said that this exception has a “legal basis”, because Santa Claus comes by ship to Antwerp, after a trip that lasts 17 days, and the isolation period in Belgium is ten days for those who come from an area Red.

The government will also issue a second decree to relieve Santa Claus and his aids of the travel ban between ten o’clock in the evening and six in the morning, so that no child will be disappointed by the restrictions imposed by the health crisis.

In any case, the ministers recommend to Santa Claus ” to maintain physical distance, to wash his hands often and to use the sanitary mask when necessary “, although they acknowledged that” it will not be easy “given the man its long and white.

“A Spanish virologist confirmed to us that his beard protects him quite a lot and that he also has a mask. But we want to make sure that Santa will not be exposed to any risk when he comes to Belgium,” the two ministers said.

Most Christmas fairs in Europe have been canceled

The most famous fairs in Europe will close this year due to the pandemic. The Nuremberg Christmas Fair, the most famous in Germany, canceled this year’s edition and the same happened with the Prague Fair, which will be represented only by a 19-meter-tall Christmas tree. And the traditional Christmas fair in Strasbourg, the best known in France, is no longer held this year, being replaced by other activities. In other German states, if Christmas fairs are not canceled this year, they will “take place in a reduced form,” said Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow. People have an “emotional need for normalcy.” he added.

Frankfurt mayor Peter Feldmann wrote on Twitter that he agreed with Söder’s desire to allow Christmas fairs, but with “well-thought-out concepts” to protect people.

Saar Prime Minister Tobias Hans is also in favor of holding Christmas fairs, but has called for limiting alcohol consumption. Many German officials fear that measures such as social distancing and wearing a face mask will become impossible to comply with if the world is intoxicated.

In Spain, the rules differ from city to city, but for example Madrid has banned a traditional talcioc – El Rastro, which is held outdoors and instead holds the Christmas Fair. This is the traditional fair with decorative holiday items that will be authorized this year with half of the kiosks so far. In Andalusia, they wanted to ban these street vendor markets, but the administration realized that it could not do that to small producers. The condition applied in this Spanish region is to reduce the number of stalls by a quarter.