Robert: Despite COVID-19, NORAD will track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve
Due to COVID-19, the Christmas season will undoubtedly be a little different this year. Many of our holiday traditions will either have to modified or scraped all together in order to adhere to the suggestions and guidelines from medical professionals for downplaying the spread of the disease.
However, there is one thing we can count on this Christmas, and that’s NORAD tracking Santa Claus’ flight around the world on December 24th.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command has announced that they will track Santa, just as it has done for the last 65 years, but they did admit that not even they are except from COVID-19 protocols. Due to the pandemic, the number of volunteers manning the phones and answering questions from eager kids will be severely reduced. As a result, some who call may not get to talk to a military volunteer in person, instead a pre-recorded message will give an update on Ol’ Saint Nick.
“We understand this is a time-honoured tradition, and we know undoubtedly there is going to be some disappointment,” said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter. “But we’re trying to keep it safe for everyone involved.”
Anyone wondering the location of Santa’s sleigh can call the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD.