OTTAWA–Santa has been cleared for travel in Canada’s airspace after showing proof of vaccination and a pre-flight negative Covid test, the transport minister said Thursday.
“This year, I’m delighted to clear Santa and his crew for travel in Canadian skies,” the minister, Omar Alghabra said in a statement.
“When I spoke to Santa (in a call to the North Pole), he assured me that he met all the pre-entry requirements to re-enter Canada,” he said.
Santa’s flight crew — including reindeer Rudolph, whose “nose shone red and bright (but) made sure he had no Covid-19 symptoms before taking off” — have also been given the all clear.
Last week, Ottawa advised Canadians against non-essential foreign travel over the Christmas holidays, saying the Covid-19 Omicron variant “makes us fear the worst,” including soaring infections and travel disruptions.
Several provinces, meanwhile, have reimposed public health restrictions including gathering size limits.
“ doing your part to keep others safe,” urged Alghabra, including getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and staying six feet or “at least a dozen or so candy canes apart, you’ll find yourself atop the Nice List this year.”
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