According to Transport Canada and the US military agency known to track Saint Nick’s global travels, a huge winter storm that’s expected to linger through much of the holiday weekend won’t stop Santa and his reindeer crew from visiting. .
In a press release on Saturday, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra cleared Santa Claus and his crew to take off in Canadian airspace.
Santa Claus and his reindeer showed no signs of COVID-19 before takeoff, Alghabra said.
“When I spoke to Santa Claus, he assured me that everything was ready to deliver gifts to Canadian children,” Algharba said.
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NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which is also responsible for surveillance and defense of the skies above North America, has also confirmed that Santa’s trips will not be not affected by COVID-19 or weather.
Their NORAD Tracks Santa service, which lets people track his Christmas journey through his noradsanta.org website, social media channels and mobile app, is also up and running.
The agency plans this year to have about 1,500 volunteers working on Christmas Eve fielding phone calls from children asking for Santa’s location and delivery schedule.
“I think Santa will be comfortable with arctic weather hitting in the lower 48 degrees,” said Lt. Gen. David Nahom, a NORAD official based in Anchorage, Alaska.
The NORAD holiday tradition began in 1955 after a child mistakenly called a military command in Colorado to ask to speak to Santa Claus. More calls came in, so the duty commander assigned an officer to answer Santa’s calls, and the tradition took hold.
-With files from the Associated Press
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