Requests delivered by ‘Santa phone’

Maintaining distance from Santa, but eager to hear his thoughts, are Logan (5) and Emma-Grace (7) Johnston, of Dunedin, at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum yesterday.

Both children used the ‘‘Santa phone’’ to ask for iPads.

The man in the red suit replied he might not have enough and, if he did not, he would leave them a different toy.

Toitu programme manager Rachel Cooper said Covid-19 precautions were in place to keep visitors, staff and Santa safe.

The children’s father, Allwyn, said they had enough understanding of Covid-19 to realise things were a bit different for Christmas this year.

The Santa phone worked well and the children were happy with their visit, he said.

‘‘The kids enjoyed it. It was good,’’ Mr Johnston said.

Dunedin’s Santa parade had been due to happen yesterday, but organisers decided in October the event had to be cancelled, labelling it a victim of the virus. 

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