Montana Capitol Refuses to Put Up ‘Holiday Tree’ Because It Might Give People COVID


The Montana State Capitol says it won’t be displaying a tree this year out of ‘an abundance of caution’ to stop COVID-19.

“Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant” – the Grinch who Stole Christmas.

It’s a Christmas holiday tradition in Montana to place a decorated Christmas holiday tree in the capitol rotunda. The tree is usually donated to the capitol by Montana loggers. But this year, the Christmas holiday tree was canceled. And it was canceled for a peculiar reason.

The Montana Department of Administration, which manages the Capitol building, made the comments to the press. They said they would not have a tree this year out of an “abundance of caution” in realition to COVID-19.

Amber Conger of the Department of Administration said, “Given the COVID situation, we felt that it would not be prudent to place an indoor display in the Capitol. We are, however, allowing outdoor displays on a limited basis on the east side of Capitol Square.”

Displays on a “limited basis” outside the capitol sounds very Christmasy holiday-like indeed. It’s so very free-speech of them.

Please note that Governor Bullock recently had built a flag display at the capitol to honor Native Americans that cost more than 644 thousand dollars and utilized dozens upon dozens of busy workers to install. Apparently, flags do not spread COVID-19, but Christmas holiday trees do.

The ceremony was held at the beginning of cold-and-flu season at the Montana capitol. Apparently, this does *not* pose a COVID-19 risk.

If anyone can figure out how a Christmas holiday tree inside might be a COVID-19 risk, please drop us an email to and we would love to explain to the public what that particular health concern might be.


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