The COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa Claus’ progress as he delivers gifts on Christmas Eve.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24 but there will be some changes:
Unlike in years past, not every child will be able to get through to a volunteer at NORAD’s call center to check on Santa’s location. Normally, 150-160 volunteers gather at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs to answer calls. This year, due to safety restrictions, the number of volunteers has been drastically cut to fewer than 10 people per shift.
“We understand this is a time-honored tradition, and we know undoubtedly there is going to be some disappointment,” said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter. “But we’re trying to keep it safe for everyone involved.”
Children can still track Santa via noradsanta.org — as well as social media pages, Amazon Alexa, Onstar and a new mobile app available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, only a small number of volunteers will be answering the NORAD Tracks Santa toll-free number, 1-877-Hi-NORAD, on Dec. 24. Callers who cannot reach one of these volunteers will receive a recorded update on Santa’s location.
— North American Aerospace Defense Command (@NORADCommand) November 16, 2020