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AAA offers tips for safely transporting your Christmas tree

With Christmas only a week away, anyone still shopping for a real Christmas tree is on the hunt right now.

“Transporting a real Christmas tree is the same as hauling any other kind of large object. Making sure the tree is properly secured will help prevent vehicle damage and lessen the chance of it coming loose and creating a potential hazard for other drivers,” said Holly Dalby, AAA Tidewater Virginia director of public affairs.

Christmas trees can be safely transported by taking the following steps.

Do not visit a tree lot if you or anyone from your family has tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-related symptoms.

— Call the lot ahead of time and ask about their policies for visiting. They may have reduced operating hours or are limiting the number of people who can visit the lot at one time.

—Although most lots are located outside, it is recommended to wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Bring hand sanitizer and keep it nearby while...

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