It may be four months until Christmas but training is already under way to teach Santas how to keep their grottos safe - while still maintaining the festive spirit.
The Ministry of Fun Santa
School, which ran the session at London's Southwark Cathedral, claims to be the only professional Santa training school in Britain.
The curriculum included grotto layout management, social distancing, queue management and the use of masks and visors.
"Now more than ever, everyone needs a bit of
magic in their life - and that's what the great man can still bring us all with
some special measures in place to allow social distancing," said the school's director, James Lovell.
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What can we learn from long-time mask wearers?
So what can we learn from people who are used to wearing a mask all day every day, and who had to do so even before the pandemic?
Nurse Thierry Amouroux told BFMTV.fr that "in the operating room, [a mask] can be worn for 12 hours, and there is no lack of oxygen and even less of a reserve of carbon dioxide that forms. On the other hand, it can be annoying when it's hot".
He also recommends taking off one's mask after four hours, in time for lunch. After lunch, he recommends putting on a new mask till the end of the work day.
This is because masks tends to get damp because of the person's breathing and is no longer effective after that length of time.
The Czech Republic's health ministry has confirmed that the country's 14-day quarantine period will be shortened to 10 days from 1 September.
A negative test will no longer be required to formally end the period of self-isolation/quarantine for those who have tested positive, or those who have come into contact with people who have tested positive.
The person will automatically be deemed "recovered" after 10 days (as long as they are not in hospital/experiencing symptoms).
Those people who test positive and experience symptoms will remain in self-isolation for three to four days after the last symptoms disappear.
The move was originally meant to happen on Monday, but has been put back a week to coincide with new restrictions, coming into effect on 1 September, which include wearing masks on public transport and in official buildings, etc...
In terms of statistics, this will presumably speed up the process of putting "infected" people into the "recovered" category, as it will to all intents and purposes be automatic.
The latest figures in the country are 22,056 (+135) infections and, 415 deaths (out of 845,528 tests carried out).
Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?
We've discussed children going back to school at length on this page today; how likely children are to catch the virus is at the heart of the discussion about whether it is safe to send them back.
Watch this video to find out what we know so far about how children are affected by the virus.
Illegal rave brought 'bit of normality' to my life
Police are now able to fine organisers of illegal raves up to £10,000 while those who attend can be fined £100.
The government and police say such gatherings put people's health at risk. But some people who have been going to them, and organisers, insist they are safe - and are even doing them good.
"Throughout lockdown, my mental health was getting pretty low," Taylor, who's been to a rave during lockdown, tells BBC Newsbeat.
This year, his relationship ended and his 21st birthday plans were cancelled because of coronavirus so his friend suggested going to an illegal party.
"There were a couple of hundred people but everyone was fairly spaced out, people were wearing masks, being careful and it was a quite a big area of woodland," he says.
"It was really nice to get a bit of normality back in my life and a bit of happiness."
Vaccines are meant to be about science - but they seem inseparable from politics too.
In fact, just today, there are three different vaccine stories making the rounds:
The Trump administration has considered giving emergency approval to the UK Covid-19 vaccine currently being developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and Oxford University ahead of November's US presidential elections, according to the Financial Times and New York Times. If true, this could spark safety concerns - but Trump officials and AstraZeneca have denied the reports.
Meanwhile, a new US poll published in Axios suggests 66% of Americans believe any vaccine developed in the US should only be shared with the rest of the world after all US orders have been filled.
A Covid-19 vaccine is one of the most valuable and eagerly sought-after medical prizes in modern times, says the BBC's security correspondent, Gordon Corera. This is not just because of the life-saving benefits, but also the promise of ending disruption, and the glory and validation for those who succeed.
Dutch royals sorry over breaking distancing rules
The Dutch king and queen have apologised after being pictured breaking social distancing rules while on holiday in Greece.
A photograph published online showed King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima standing close to a man said to be a restaurant owner on the island of Mykonos.
"In the spontaneity of the moment, we did not pay attention to that. Of course, we should have. Because compliance with corona rules is also essential when on holiday to combat the virus."
The person who took the photo, quoted anonymously by Dutch broadcaster RTL Nieuws, said it was taken privately and that the failure to respect social distancing was a "mistake", the AFP news agency reports.
Asked about calls for clarity over what headteachers should do if there is a suspected coronavirus case in their school, Williamson said "what's key is making sure there is always
a continuity of education" and Public Health England would give schools advice about what action they needed to take.
He also pledged that all schools would have home testing kits by the start of the new term.
Four more coronavirus deaths in the UK
Four more coronavirus deaths have been reported in the UK, taking the total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus to 41,433.
Schools have lacked the information and support they needed in
the last few weeks to prepare to reopen, the UK Labour Party's shadow education secretary has said.
Kate Green told the BBC schools have “largely been left to get on with it” while the government was
“totally preoccupied with its exams fiasco".
She said children in England “must go back to class next week” and it was in the best interests of their social and emotional wellbeing as well as for their learning.
'My son died in a freezing South African hospital tent'
BBC News, Johannesburg
Suspected Covid-19 patients were routinely left for hours in an open tent, in sub-zero temperatures, outside a South African hospital during the mid-winter peak of the pandemic, leading to "many" people dying of suspected hypothermia, according to an exclusive investigation by BBC News.
The revelations have emerged as South Africa's government has acknowledged and condemned widespread corruption and mismanagement during its response to the pandemic.
"It was freezing in that tent. As soon as night falls it's horrible, you can see the patients declining. Hypothermia is one of the major causes of death here. Especially in that tent," said a doctor at Sebokeng Hospital - a whistleblower who spoke to us on condition of anonymity.
Strictly Come Dancing is the "hardest" show to film under current circumstances, the BBC's head of entertainment has said.
But despite the challenges, Kate Phillips told the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival that the professionals are rehearsing for this year's show and the celebrity line-up will be announced at the end of the month.
She said it would be a "slightly shorter run" but will be "special". The professionals have isolated together for around two weeks, she said.
"We are having to adapt, the set is having to be altered, we are not quite sure at this stage how much audience we will be able to have in and we have to look at Dave Arch and his band, how hair and make-up and costume will work backstage," she said.
"It's probably the hardest show to do in the current circumstances, a live weekly show that relies on body contact quite a lot."
However, she added: "There is that old line, necessity is the mother of invention, and I would say across all the entertainment shows we are seeing constant good ideas."