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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer turned to Santa Claus in an effort to give tips to little kids about the Christmas season during COVID-19.

Whitmer posted the video to Twitter.

“I also know someone who has been really following the rules and making sure that he stays safe and the elves stay safe,” Whitmer said. “And so my special guest is Santa Claus.”

One of the children asked Santa if he has to wear a mask.

“When I’m in my workshop with all my elves, we all are masked up and social distancing,” Santa said.

Santa says everyone at the North Pole will mask up, wash their hands and stay six feet apart, even though the Coronavirus hasn’t made it that far up north (according to Santa, anyway).

Finally, Santa is asked how the kids can help keep people safe.

“What I would suggest to do is what the governor is telling all the people of the great state of Michigan to do — social distance, wash your hands and make sure you wear your mask when you’re outside your home,” Santa said.

Whitmer chimes in that another way to stay safe is to stay home but to call their relatives.

“It’s the safest way to tell the people you love how much you care about them,” she said. “This year has to look a little bit different so we can stay safe.”

Author: Jacob Hall