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Santa Experiences Guidance

Tue 1 Dec 20

Following advice from public health and a consideration against the four harms it has been decided that there is a need for clarity around the provision of Santa experiences.

The decision has been taken that all Santa experiences (indoors and outdoors) can go ahead in levels zero, one and two, subject to suitable mitigations being in place.

In level three only outdoor Santa experiences should go ahead, again with suitable mitigations being in place.

In level four all Santa experiences should be closed, in line with restrictions for all other visitor attractions and non-essential retail.

Guidance

Levels zero, one and two: Both indoor and outdoor Santa experiences can open but the preference would be for all Santa experiences to be staged outside. Outside Santa experiences should not be in sheds or in similar facilities that are covered on all sides.  suitable mitigations should be put in place to reduce the risk of the virus. These include:

  • Having booking systems with allocated spaces to prevent queueing.
  • Venues should not take bookings from areas in level three or four due to the travel restrictions in place.
  • Ensuring that only one household is visiting Santa at a time and only one adult should attend with the child(ren).
  • Ensure good hand hygiene is maintained with clear hand hygiene stations.
  • Maintain two metre distances between different households.
  • Face coverings should be worn by adults indoors, even by Santa and any helpers.
  • Children over five should wear face coverings in line with other guidance.
  • Children should pick their own gift rather than Santa handing it to them.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that children or adults may come into contact with between visits.

Level three: Indoor Santa experience should close but outdoor Santa experiences may open. Outdoor Santa experiences at all levels should put in place suitable mitigations to reduce the risk of the virus. These include:

  • Having booking systems with allocated spaces to prevent queueing.
  • Venues should not accept bookings from outwith their local authority area due to travel restrictions in place.
  • Ensuring that only one household is visiting Santa at a time and only one adult should attend with the child(ren).
  • Ensure good hand hygiene is maintained with clear hand hygiene stations.
  • Face coverings should be worn by adults indoors, even by Santa and any helpers.
  • Children over five should wear face coverings in line with other guidance.
  • Maintain two metre distances between different households.
  • Children should pick their own gift rather than Santa handing it to them.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that children or adults may come into contact with between visits.

Level 4: Due to the prevalence of the virus in these areas all Santa’s experiences should be closed.

The guidance is operational with immediate effect. It can be found alongside all tourism and hospitality guidance on the Scottish Government website under the FAQ section. 

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