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Boris Johnson promises worried 8-year-old Santa IS coming this Christmas despite Covid – but he must wash his hands


BORIS Johnson reassured kids today that Santa IS coming to deliver Christmas presents this year – after an adorable 8-year-old wrote to him worried about his journey.

Monti penned an adorable letter to the PM asking him whether Santa was allowed to come “if we leave hand sanitser by the cookies”.

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The PM said he had received “lots of letters about this” from kids concerned they may not get their annual delivery of treats from Father Christmas.

But Boris assured them he had spoken with his top team of experts and Santa would be allowed to come.

Monti wrote: “I am 8 years old and I was wondering if you and the government had thought about Santa coming this Christmas.

“If we leave hand sanitzer by the cookies can he come? Or will he wash his hands?

“I understand you are very busy but can you and the scientists talk about this. From Monti.”

Boris replied to say he’d “put a call in to the North Pole” and was assured “Father Christmas is raring and ready to go, as are Rudolph and all the other reindeer”.

He also passed on message from the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, who said that if Santa is safe and responsible he can continue with his work as usual.

Monti was worried about whether Santa could come this year

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Monti was worried about whether Santa could come this year
Boris assured him Santa was raring to go

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Boris assured him Santa was raring to go

As long as “he works quickly and safely” there will be no extra risks, he promised.

Boris added: “Leaving hand sanitser by the cookies is an excellent idea to help prevent the spread of the virus”.

He said that using it, as well as washing your hands “is exactly the kind of thing that will get you and your friends on the nice list”.

The sweet message from Monti comes after the PM revealed the nation’s Christmas plans last night.

Three households will be able to meet up over a five day period at Christmas, but they can only go out together for a walk or to church.

Social distancing and travel rules will be scrapped from December 23 to 27 so Brits can hug their grannies and see their friends as part of a festive plan hammered out on Tuesday.

Boris Johnson warned families to consider the risks of seeing vulnerable over the Christmas period
Boris Johnson warned families to consider the risks of seeing vulnerable over the Christmas period
Three households will be allowed to meet at Christmas in a deal which will see social distancing scrapped
Three households will be allowed to meet at Christmas in a deal which will see social distancing scrapped

In a boost for the nation after months of crippling restrictions, the UK nations have secured a deal for Brits to be able to see loved ones at last – but they won’t be allowed to go to the pub together.

The details of the plan include:

There will be some differences between the four nations of the UK, however, on what counts as a bubble and how people can split up to see family.

Cops won’t be expected to patrol to enforce the new rules – but will step in if people break them by hosting huge gatherings and hold parties.

Shortly after the announcement, Boris Johnson tweeted a video asking people to consider the risks of seeing vulnerable people even though the rules have relaxed.

The Prime Minister said: “The virus doesn’t know it’s Christmas and we must all be careful.”

Mr Johnson added: “I know this doesn’t equate to a normal Christmas and it won’t work for everyone and it is up to each of us to think carefully about how we use this special time-limited dispensation.

“The virus has not gone away and families will have to make a personal judgement about the risk of forming a bubble with or visiting elderly relatives and the vulnerable. 

“Tis the season to be jolly but tis also the season to be jolly careful.”

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