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March 20, 2020 10:00 AM, EDT

How Truck Stops Are Serving Truckers While Keeping Them Safe

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The nation's truck stop chains and travel centers are working hard to remain open and serve drivers during the coronavirus crisis, while also taking steps to ensure safety. However, services are reduced in many cases.

In addition, the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association has advice from its members on how to protect the supply chain and the health of the workers involved. For drivers it includes spraying the interior passenger space of their vehicle with a disinfectant at the beginning and end of the day. Here are more of their tips. Natso also has a handy reference page with quick links to resources. 

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Here's a rundown of what Pilot Flying J, TA and Petro Stopping Centers, and Love's are doing, with links to more information:

Pilot Flying J

A Pilot Flying J truck stop in Midland, Texas

A Pilot Flying J truck stop in Midland, Texas. (Pilot Flying J)

All stores are open, with pre-packaged hot food options still available at most locations. Dining room areas are closed. Showers are open. There are no fuel supply issues.

State-by-state information from Pilot Flying J's website.

TA and Petro Stopping Centers

The Davy Crockett TravelCenter, off Interstate 81 in Greenville, Tenn.

The Davy Crockett TravelCenter, off Interstate 81 in Greenville, Tenn. (Peggy Smith/Transport Topics)

All fuel lanes and showers are open. TA notes that it is following state mandates regarding closures of full-service restaurant dining. Fitness centers and drivers lounges are closed. 

State-by-state information from TA-Petro.com.

Love's

A Love’s location in Abilene, Kan.

A Love's location in Abilene, Kan. (Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores)

March 23 update: Love’s announced it has converted all self-service roller grills, coffee and drink bars and delis to full-service, meaning only Love’s team members will serve products such as hot dogs, coffee and fountain drinks.

Love's notes that it has "implemented more frequent and vigorous cleaning and disinfecting efforts in all our locations." All locations are open but food is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time only. 

Love's FAQ on the status of its services from its website.

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