Macy’s said on March 22 that Santa Claus will not meet children at its flagship store in Manhattan this Christmas due to the ongoing neocrowning epidemic, interrupting a 160-year-old holiday tradition.
According to the New York Post, about 250,000 people visit Macy’s each year to see “Santa,” but during the New Crown epidemic, Macy’s said it was difficult to create a safe environment in the store. As a result, Macy’s decided to offer children the chance to visit Santa’s workshop online for free this year and take a virtual selfie.
In a statement, Macy’s said, “The online meet-and-greet format will be the safest way for Santa to meet with children of all ages this year.” In addition to the store in Manhattan, Santa won’t be appearing at Macy’s stores in Chicago and San Francisco. But he will still appear at the end of this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be pre-recorded with no spectators.
In addition, some major shopping malls, including Southpark Mall in Virginia, will still have Santa appearances this year. However, the rules prohibit children from sitting on Santa’s lap and require them to maintain a social distance from him.