Monday morning, the El Paso County Commissioners Court and the El Paso Children’s Hospital joined forces to officially declare Santa Claus and his travel this holiday season as essential.
“I hope this holiday season gives us all some time to recharge, relax and cherish the little things that we may have taken for granted,” said County Judge Samaniego. “It has been a very challenging year, but I always take pride in knowing that when times are difficult for our community, we always comes together stronger than ever. Praying that you have a wonderful and safe Christmas filled with moments you’ll always remember.”
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego released the following statement this morning:
The pandemic has halted our lives in many ways as we have had no choice, but to adapt to a new kind of normal in order to protect the health and safety of our community. There are some traditions that must continue, such as the visit of Santa Claus in order to give the children of our community the miracle of Christmas magic. It is important to express to the children of El Paso, that the annual trip of Santa Claus will be designated as “essential travel” for essential purposes, and is exempt from the need to self-quarantine and will be able to come in and out of our community without having to restrict his movement. Children should not stay up all night because he does need to social distance while delivering presents and drinking milk and eating cookies.
The children of our community have remained resilient and we must continue to work together to spread joy this holiday season. Santa Claus will now be able to visit children at home, and will especially pay special attention to those children who are sick and injured, and cared for by the selfless and committed staff at our El Paso Children’s Hospital.