The Prime Minister has reassured children across the country Father Christmas will still be able to deliver presents this year.
Millions of kids are concerned the coronavirus pandemic will get in the way of annual present plans – but thankfully this is not the case.
Boris Johnson tweeted this morning: ‘Monti (aged eight) wrote to me asking if Father Christmas will be able to deliver presents this year.
‘I’ve had lots of letters about this, so I have spoken with experts and can assure you that Father Christmas will be packing his sleigh and delivering presents this Christmas.’
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The letter read: ‘Dear Mr Johnson, I am eight years old and I was wondering if you and the Government had thought about Santa coming this Christmas.
‘If we leave hand sanitiser by the cookies can he come? Or will he wash his hands?
‘I understand you are very busy but can you and the scientists please talk about this. From Monti.’
Mr Johnson posted his reply to the letter, which said: ‘Dear Monti, many thanks for your letter which raises the very important question of whether Father Christmas will be able to deliver presents this year in spite of coronavirus.
‘I know millions of other children are asking the same thing.
‘Just to make sure, I have put in a call to the North Pole and I can tell you Father Christmas is ready and raring to go, as are Rudolph and all of the other reindeer.
‘The chief medical officer has asked me to tell you that, provided Father Christmas behaves in his usual responsible way and works quickly and safely, there are no risks to your health or his.
‘Leaving hand sanitiser by the cookies is an excellent idea to help prevent the spread of the virus – and using it yourself, and washing your hands regularly, is exactly the kind of thing which will get you and your friends on the nice list.
‘Thank you again for your letter, and have a very merry Christmas. Best wishes, Boris Johnson.’
It comes after it was revealed last night three households will be able to mix for five days at Christmas time, after the leaders of the UK’s four nations agreed a festive deal.
The relaxation of coronavirus restrictions be between December 23 and 27, allowing relatives to form ‘exclusive bubbles’. This means people cannot move from one three-house group to another.
Bubbles will only be able to gather in private homes, go to outdoor public spaces and attend places of worship together – they will not be able to meet together in hospitality settings.
Children whose parents are separated will be able to move between two separate bubbles, but elderly care home resident will not be able to join their families.
But it is understood Father Christmas will not be included as one of the three households allowed to mix, and will be an exception.
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