The three largest national truck stop chains have all put mandatory mask policies in place. This news comes as the United States has just passed 150,000 deaths from COVID-19.
Pilot Flying J and TravelCenters of America have joined Love’s Travel Stops in their mandatory mask requirement. Love’s announced their policy on July 21st. Pilot announced their requirement and were followed shortly by TA.
All truck stops are being encouraged to follow suit. The National Association of Truck Stop Owners (NATSO) is recommending that all of its member organizations require patrons to wear a face mask while indoors.
Mask regulations can change from state to state, county to county, and even municipality to municipality. The policy will be in effect in all Pilot, Love’s, and TA stops throughout the United States regardless of location.
“In many parts of the country, we are seeing a growth in the number of cases, so we expect that more states, cities and counties will mandate masks,” said NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings in a NATSO press release. “While we understand that there is disagreement about whether to mask, we are urging members to follow the advice of medical experts, including the CDC. We have a patriotic duty to guard the health of our employees and customers and believe this is an easy way to get the U.S. economy moving during this unprecedented global pandemic.”