Province declares Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick to be an essential service provider

Elves, reindeer also exempt from COVID restrictions

Queen’s Park has declared Santa Claus to be an essential service provider, meaning Mr. Kringle will be exempt from the COVID-19 measures that would otherwise prevent him from bouncing from house to house on Christmas Eve.

“Santa and his reindeer have one of the most essential jobs of all, delivering toys to all the good children in Ontario and around the world every Christmas Eve,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Santa’s Reindeer, including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph, are proclaimed essential transportation service providers and permitted to pull Santa’s sleigh across every part of Ontario.”

Ford stated the elves’ toy workshop is an essential manufacturing business, meaning the flow of toys out of the facility can continue despite the pandemic and its restrictions.

“I would like to thank Santa Claus, the elves, reindeer and all of Ontario’s essential workers this holiday season,” concluded Ford. “From nurses to construction workers, personal care workers to grocery store clerks and so many other essential workers, we are grateful for the hard work you have done all year long.”