During this holiday season, Santa Claus at Macy’s in Herald Square will appear in an unusual guise: half of his face is covered with a mask, he will sit at the table, and not have fun with the kids. And boys and girls will sit decorously on the other side of the table, also wearing masks.
Such a mise-en-scène is provided for the Santaland show, which is staged at Macy’s every New Year’s season. Last year, however, everything was virtual. In the present, as in the good old days, we are alive, but taking into account the realities of COVID-19.
All employees must wear masks. The same is highly recommended for parents and children. The opportunity to take a photo with Santa remains, but only with all appropriate precautions, including respecting social distance.
“We want to make sure our guests, Santa, the elves, are safe,” said Kathleen Wright, department store director of operations.
After each family meeting with Santa, the elves will wipe the chair seats with a disinfectant. The fact that Santa Claus is at the table, Wright explains as follows: he is, as it were, in his office. Yes, she admits, this is an innovation in a ritual that began in 1861, three years after Macy’s opened. But what can you do – the pandemic is making its own adjustments.
In the spirit of the times