COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

The ongoing pandemic has altered many parts of our lives but we hope the tree farm experience and beautiful Christmas tree in your home will provide a sense of normalcy, togetherness, and unity for your family and friends.  Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our customers, staff, and visitors.  To ensure we have a safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Our family, staff, and customers all have responsibility for helping execute this plan.  Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 and maintain safety and health at our farm and community.  We have developed this plan through guidance from the CDC, MN Dept of Agriculture, National Christmas Tree Assoc., MN Grown, MN Nursery & Landscape Assoc., MN Dept of Labor & Industry, and other sources.  This plan is rooted in scientific consensus and information, not political perspectives.  Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm, LLC, cannot be held responsible for the contraction of Covid-19 while visiting the farm.  

We’ve worked hard to continue many of the farm activities and experiences you’ve enjoyed in previous years.  However, in several cases we have altered how you’ll experience them this year with an eye toward safety (details below).  We sincerely thank you and want to provide a tree to your family this year but you and your family’s safety is our first priority.  Thus, if you still feel uncomfortable with any of the activities please refrain from participating in them.  We look forward to hopefully getting back to “normal” next year!  

*** These policies and plans are subject to change as new information becomes available ***


Before Arriving

If anyone in your group has Covid-19 or related symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with those conditions in the last 14 days please stay away from the farm.  Also, feel free to watch our info videos before coming to the farm (details below).  We also encourage coming on a weekday or weekend evening to reduce crowding.  We are open 7 days a week until 7pm!

Parking Lot

We have expanded the parking lot area and improved the driving surfaces.  This has increased the available parking spots and improved drivability.  Please maintain social distancing.  Do not park on the side streets or in the fields.  

Face Masks

Please wear face coverings and keep socially distanced from other customers and staff, especially in the pre-cut and farmstead area.  Most of the farm activities are outside but face coverings are for your safety as well as others around you.  Our staff will wear face masks or buff/gaiters when social distancing can’t be maintained. 

Welcome Kiosk

The welcome kiosk is now closer to the parking lot.  This will help inform customers quicker upon arrival and separate them faster by diverting them to the cut-your-own fields or pre-cut lot area.  We will have a greeter on peak days to answer questions in addition to info signs on the kiosk.  Additionally, you can choose to watch a short video on your smart phone before or upon arrival (more info in next section).

Informational Videos

We like to explain and teach as much as we can at the farm.  Despite the distancing restrictions this year we still wanted to liven up your experience.  Thus, we’ve created several short videos that highlight different areas of the farm.  There will be some wooden stands with a QR code on them.  Just scan the QR code with your phone camera and the video will open. 

Hand Sanitizer Stations

We will have hands-free hand sanitizer stations around the tree lot.  The main ones will be located near the welcome/information kiosk and on the south side of the warming house (near the checkout and restrooms). 

“To-Go” Trees

We will offer “To-Go” trees for customers that want to limit their shopping time at the farm.  Our staff will hand-pick a limited quantity of premium trees (above average shape, density, etc) in a limited number of sizes (likely 7’-9’).  They will be pre-shaken and bailed.  Just inform one of our staff in the red coats and they will assist you.

Saws & Sleds

We will still have sleds and saws available for cut-your-own customers.  The saws will be disinfected between uses. 

Wagon Rides

No rides this year.  We were not able to modify the wagons in a Covid-safe way based on our setup and people volume. 

Santa

No Santa this year.  This is a high-crowd area and we could not create a safe place to interact with Santa.

Tree Barn

The tree barn will be closed to customers this year (tree prep only).  Check-out will be at the warming house.

Warming House

Unfortunately we plan to close the warming house for this season as it’s a small indoor space.  As an alternative, we will have a 2nd fire pit with benches 6-feet apart to create an open-air and socially distanced place to relax.
We will, however, use the warming house area for check-out/cashiers.  Cashiers will be on the inside and customers will pay outside through the windows.  The payment stations will be 6 feet apart.  The windows will provide a barrier between the customer and the cashier.  We request that only 1 person from your family pay to reduce the number of people in line.  Our cashiers will wear facemasks or neck buff/gaiter and use disinfectant sprays and wipes on working surfaces.  We will accept credit or debit cards only to eliminate potential risks through handling of cash and checks.  (Note:  We looked at several fully online payment options but none best fit our business model and pricing system.  We’ve created a hybrid online pay model that we may use on peak days.)

Cider

We will not have hot cider this season.  Based on our current facilities we are not able to safely serve cider.

Teepee

Unfortunately we will not have the teepee or reenactor this season.  It is a small indoor space and we are not able to make it safe. 

Tie-On Area

We will continue to tie trees on customer vehicles this year.  Our staff will wear a face mask or neck buff/gaiter when within 6 feet of customers and vehicles.  Please stay in your vehicle.  Place your tree tag on your driver-side wiper blade instead of handing to us.  Please have your receipt ready.

Employees

Employees will do a temperature scan upon arriving to work.  Staff will wear face masks or buff/gaiters when social distancing can’t be maintained.  Staff will also have “core” jobs and teams to minimize contact across staff.