ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) announced March 17 that its members have pledged to remain open and serve professional truck drivers who are transporting supplies and goods in support of COVID-19 emergency relief.
NATSO members across the U.S. will continue to provide food, fuel and other essential amenities needed by drivers — including showers.
“Truck drivers are depending on truck stops and travel centers as they deliver food and life-saving supplies. Our members are committed to doing their part during the nation’s response to this emergency,” said Lisa Mullings, president and CEO of NATSO.
“As the nation confronts the coronavirus outbreak, the country’s travel centers and truck stops are committed to remaining open and serving America’s drivers,” she continued. “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 truck stops 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 truck stop and travel center industry is committed to continuing to play the important role of feeding and fueling truck drivers.”