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Travel plazas, truckstops to stay open, serving US truck drivers

March 18, 2020
“In these difficult times it is essential that the American people can count on the nation’s professional truck drivers to continue delivering food and other essential products to communities throughout the country,” NATSO said.

The National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO), which represents the travel plaza and truckstop industry, says its members intend to remain open and continue to serve the professional drivers who are transporting supplies and goods in support of COVID-19 emergency relief.

Travel centers and truckstops across the United States continue to provide food, fuel and the other essential amenities needed by professional drivers, including showers.

“Truck drivers are depending on truckstops and travel centers as they deliver food and life-saving supplies,” said Lisa Mullings, NATSO’s president and CEO. “Our  members are committed to doing their part during the nation’s response to this emergency. As the nation confronts the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s travel centers and truckstops are committed to remaining open and serving America’s drivers.

“Fuel retailers are ‘essential’ businesses that must remain open even if other ‘nonessential’ businesses are forced to close.”

Travel centers are well-positioned to serve the nation’s hard-working, professional drivers during this critical time.

Although some states have ordered the closing of sit-down restaurants, travel plazas and truckstops offer many food options, including quick-serve food and healthy grab-and-go options. Even where restaurants are prohibited from offering sit-down table service, travel centers are converting those restaurants to allow for take-out options.

“In these difficult times it is essential that the American people can count on the nation’s professional truck drivers to continue delivering food and other essential products to communities throughout the country,” Mullings said. “The truckstop and travel center industry is committed to continuing to play the important role of feeding and fueling truck drivers.”

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