The Irish government has confirmed what many of us figured for awhile — Santa Claus is an essential worker and won’t be hindered by COVID-19 restrictions.

What’s going on?

Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said the Irish government has decided Santa Claus is an essential worker since he brings “relief and joy” to children during the holiday season, according to The Independent.

Santa Claus had reportedly requested permission to fly into Ireland on Christmas Eve, which prompted the government to act.

“As Minister for Foreign Affairs we’ve been working on the Santa Claus issue for a number of weeks now,” Coveney said. “It’s important to say to all children in the country that we regard Santa Claus’s travels as essential travel for essential purposes and therefore he is exempt from the need to self-quarantine for 14 days and should be able to come in and out of Irish airspace and indeed in and out of Irish homes without having to restrict his movement.”

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However, children must remain in their beds on Christmas Eve in order to adhere to social distancing. Coveney said children should avoid staying up all night, too, according to The Independent.

“But I am assured that children should not stay up at night because he does need to social distance and so people need to keep at least two metres away at all stages to make sure that we keep him safe and indeed children as well.

“So he’s exempt, he’s coming, he’s confirmed that, and he appreciates the fact that Ireland has ensured that in a very, very different Christmas in 2020, the visit of Santa Claus will be something that will remain consistent.”

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Meanwhile, in the Untied States

Dr. Anthony Fauci recently told USA Today that Santa has immunity to the novel coronavirus, which means he’ll be free to fly without a mask this holiday season.

  • “Santa is exempt from this because Santa, of all the good qualities, has a lot of good innate immunity,” Fauci told USA Today. “Santa is not going to be spreading any infections to anybody.”