Reopening New York City: Not Sitting On Santa’s Lap This Holiday Season Due To COVID-19

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NEW YORK (WABC) – It’s not even Halloween yet, but some malls are already bracing for pandemic-induced changes to visit Santa Claus during this year’s holiday Brookfield Properties, which owns 135 malls in across the country, called for Santa to be out of malls this season.RELATED | Forget Black Friday: Retailers Push to Shop Earlier During Holidays Amid COVID Pandemic

The plan is to keep Santa Claus separate from buyers. He can present himself behind a giant photo frame, on his sled or even in a giant snow globe.

Santa Claus will also wear a mask in stores that need it.

Brookfield Properties owns shopping centers like the Staten Island Mall and the Willowbrook Mall in New Jersey.

Other malls will likely follow due to social distancing rules.

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