Santa To Wear Mask, No Sitting On Lap At Mills At Jersey Gardens

Alexis Tarrazi

ELIZABETH, NJ — The big man himself, Santa Claus, is returning to the Mills at Jersey Gardens mall, but in a very different way than in years past due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience, Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks and keep a distance of 6 feet away unless a barrier is put up.

Santa Claus will be required to complete a temperature check, prior to starting his scheduled shift. And in between shifts Santa's suit is regularly sprayed with disinfectant, a Lysol spray or similar product, according to Cherry Hill Programs, which is organizing the visit.

Guests can begin making reservations to see Santa beginning on Nov. 27 until Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

To make a reservation at the Mills at Jersey Gardens at 651 Kapkowski Rd. in Elizabeth click here. To see the full guidelines on what to expect when visiting Santa click here.

The socially-distanced Santa visit rules will apply at all Simon malls bringing the Simon Santa Photo Experience including at Livingston Mall, Menlo Park Mall, Newport Centre, Ocean County Mall, Quaker Bridge Mall, Rockaway Townsquare, The Mills at Jersey Gardens, and The Shops at Riverside.

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This article originally appeared on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch