Coronavirus Won’t Stop NORAD from Tracking SANTA This Christmas

Coronavirus Won’t Stop NORAD from Tracking SANTA This Christmas

Coronavirus Won’t Stop NORAD from Tracking SANTA This Christmas
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North American Aerospace Defense Command OR NORAD recently announced it will continue tracking Santa on December 24, just as it has done for 65 years.

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According to the report from the USA Today, NORAD said the pandemic won’t stop them from tracking the gifts Santa will deliver around the globe on Christmas Eve.

However, there will be some changes this year. Not all children can get through to a volunteer at NORAD’s call center to check on Santa’s whereabouts.

In the past years, there were about 150-160 volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. They take 2-hour shifts answering children phone calls to see if Santa and his sleigh have reached their rooftops.

This means that 1,500 people over 20 hours have participated in the call center in the past. They had more than 130,000 phone calls, beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern time on Christmas Eve.

However, volunteers for this year will be only about 10 people per shift due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Coronavirus Won’t Stop NORAD from Tracking SANTA This Christmas
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“We understand this is a time-honored tradition, and we know undoubtedly there is going to be some disappointment,” said NORAD spokesperson Preston Schlachter. “But we’re trying to keep it safe for everyone involved.”

This means that some callers can get through to a member of the military or other volunteer when they dial the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD. But others may only hear a recorded update on Santa’s current location.

Further, the NORAD spokesperson said volunteers will only be limited to people who already work there and their immediate families. But that could be expanded a bit as the time gets closer. They also have to answer health questions and have their temperature checked when they arrive. 

Meanwhile, NORAD will also launch the NORAD Tracks Santa website and a new mobile app for real-time updates on Santa’s location.