You better watch out, you better not cry, Santa Claus is coming….to the shops.

As the ACT prepares to exit lockdown, Santa has begun putting together his plans to come back and visit the good boys and girls in Canberra.

Mr Claus has read over the Territory’s ‘pathway forward’, he’s even checked it twice, and is confident he’ll be able to make plenty of COVID-safe visits to shopping centres in Canberra during the festive season.

He’s been working closely with the Shopping Centre Council of Australia who has put together a COVID-safe reopening plan ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Executive Director, Angus Nardi said the plain provided guides and advice for the sector on general operations, food courts, children’s rides, the wearing of face masks and
even Santa photos.

“Our industry wants to assure the community that their health, wellbeing and safety remains our highest priority.”

“We’ll be making sure the much loved tradition of Santa Photos are staged in a COVID-safe way, so this wonderful family tradition can continue in 2021.”


As part of the plan, customers are also asked to do their bit to keep the community safe.

  1. Plan your journey – (e.g. avoid peak times; plan which shops you want to visit).
  2. Check-in with QR Codes – where required (e.g. in-centre; in-store).
  3. Wear a face mask – unless an exemption applies.
  4. Physically distance – when moving through the centre and queuing.
  5. Treat staff with respect

Under the ACT’s ‘pathway forward’ non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen their doors for in-person shopping, subject to density requirements, from 29 October.

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