How Has Christmas Tree Industry Changed Because Of COVID-19

During the summer the National Christmas Tree Association sent guidelines out to tree lots and farms on how they should operate during the pandemic. And for the most part, “the industry did take those best practice recommendations and put them in place,” said Tim O’Connor who helps run the National Christmas Tree Association.

O’Connor added tree retailers are protecting customers by monitoring the temperatures and health of their workers. And they have changed things for customers as well.

“You couldn’t pack a hay ride full of people side-by-side that weren’t from the same home. Visits with Santa Claus we’re typically done on a farm or a tree lot had to be done differently.”

However, O’Connor said, for the most part tree sellers and buyers  are cooperating and it’s all going extremely smoothly, and tree sales are at record levels. 

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