NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Santa Claus isn’t coming to city this yr.
Greater than 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 folks come to see Santa at Macy’s annually, the corporate stated, making it exhausting to create a secure surroundings throughout a pandemic.
Santa additionally received’t be displaying up at its Chicago and San Francisco shops, which have related Santalands. However he’ll nonetheless seem on the finish of the televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the corporate stated.
With the coronavirus nonetheless raging, shops and malls are having to remodel their typical vacation technique, which had been to pack as many individuals by way of its doorways as doable. Walmart, for instance, is holding its Black Friday offers over 4 weeks, as an alternative of someday.
However the choice by Macy’s differs from huge mall house owners, which can nonetheless go forward with in-person Santa visits by banning children from sitting on his lap and ensuring they keep six ft away from him.
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Macy’s has been utilizing Santa Claus to attract crowds to its New York retailer for the reason that early 1860s, calling itself “The Residence of Santa Claus” for many years. And Macy’s had a starring position within the 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Avenue,” the place a lady discovers the actual Santa inside the shop.
Macy’s might be providing a free on-line expertise on its website on the finish of November, the place households can play video games, get a digital tour of Santa’s workshop and take a selfie with Santa.
“Transferring to a digital engagement will safely convey the magic of Santa Claus to youngsters of all ages this yr,” Macy’s stated in a press release to The Related Press.
The pandemic has compelled Macy’s to tweak different vacation traditions.
To be able to deter crowds, its annual Thanksgiving Day parade won’t go through its usual route by way of Manhattan. As a substitute, floats, performers and large cartoon balloons and might be filmed for TV in entrance of the Herald Sq. retailer in New York.
Macy’s additionally ditched a one-night firework spectacle on the Fourth of July, and held smaller unannounced firework shows to cease folks from gathering to look at.
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