Kentucky Police Make “Small Gesture” to Thank Truckers and it’s Breaking the Internet

Hodgenville, KY – In the face of unprecedented times stemming from COVID-19 (coronavirus), police in Kentucky are showing appreciation to America’s hardworking truckers… and their offer is breaking the internet.

A social media post from the Hodgenville Police Department (HPD) posted just after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, quickly went viral.

“If you are a trucker, and need to take time off the road in or near Hodgenville, we will assist you in getting chow,” it states.

According to the post, HPD’s gracious offer came in response to learning about the difficulties truckers are facing as more and more restaurants closed dine-in options as a result of COVID-19 concerns.

 

Sgt. James Richardson with HPD tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN), he saw a friend’s post on social media on Tuesday regarding the challenges truckers are facing in “finding places to eat.”

At the time of publishing, 34 states have ordered partial or full restaurant dine-in limitations, with others sure to follow suit in the coming hours and days. (See chart at the bottom of article for a complete list)

Kentucky closed dine in-services to restaurants and bars on Monday at 5 p.m.

“It never dawned on me that was an issue,” Sgt. Richardson acknowledged. “Society sometimes takes for granted those that make the world go round.”

 

However, after some discussion, Richardson said the Department decided to take action to help.

“We figured the least we could do was to reach out to those drivers we see stopped and assist in grabbing food.”

Hodgenville sits just off Interstate 65 in Elizabethtown and is a cut through to Interstate 75 in Eastern Kentucky.


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While Sgt. Richardson admits “there isn’t much in the way of food” in town, he says HPD will be glad to help truckers get to “the nearest restaurant about 15 miles away.”

The post reads, “We will either go get it for you or give you a ride to the nearest drive-thru. We appreciate what you do for the country and our community!”

 

Within hours, the post had over 8,000 shares and hundreds of comments showing gratitude for HPD’s remarkable offer.

Sgt. Richardson tells TNN the Department is “truly humbled by the response we received over such a small gesture.”

In fact, he says he’s been receiving messages from all over the country about it.

While a trucker has yet to take the HPD up on its offer, Sgt. Richardson says people are responding and pledging to help.

“We have had several folks reach out to donate to the cause and buy food for those truckers that do reach out. We have been directing those that want to donate to make donations in their local communities,” he said.

 

Sgt. Richardson says HPD is hopeful the spirit of giving will sustain us as a nation during these difficult days.

“I keep hearing ‘we are all in this together’ and I can’t agree more. My hope is that this sentiment grows and is shared throughout the country in this time of need. Lord knows we are going to need all the help and support we can get!”

In that same spirit, TNN has compiled an updated list of each state and its current restaurant restriction rule below.

*List last updated March 18 @ 4:30 a.m. CST

State

Rule

Alabama
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Alaska
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Arizona
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Arkansas
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California
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Colorado
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires April 15.
Connecticut
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Delaware
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Florida
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Maximum occupancy rate must remain under 50 percent. All booths and tables must be at least six feet apart.
Georgia
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Hawaii
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Idaho
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Illinois
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. People may not walk into the restaurant to pick up their orders. Food must be consumed outside of the building. Expires March 30.
Indiana
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires March 31.
Iowa
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires March 31.
Kansas
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Kentucky
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Louisiana
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Maine
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Maryland
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Massachusetts
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires April 6.
Michigan
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires March 30.
Minnesota
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. People may go into the restaurant to pick up their orders as long as there are less than five people in the facility.
Mississippi
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Missouri
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Johnson County, Kansas City and Wyandotte County only: Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires March 31.
Montana
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Yellowstone County and Missoula County only: Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Nebraska
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Nevada
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New Hampshire
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New Jersey
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed only between 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.
New Mexico
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Maximum occupancy and seating capacity rate must remain under 50 percent. All booths and tables must be at least six feet apart.
New York
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
North Carolina
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
North Dakota
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Ohio
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City: Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Oregon
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Pennsylvania
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Rhode Island
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
South Carolina
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
South Dakota
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Tennessee
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Texas
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Harris County and Dallas County only: Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.

Pearsall only: Restaurants must close at a certain time.

 

Utah
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed. Expires April 1.
Vermont
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Virginia
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Maximum occupancy rate must remain under 10 total people. To go is encouraged.
Washington
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Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
Washington D.C.
Dine-in areas are closed. Drive-thru, to go and delivery is allowed.
West Virginia
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Wisconsin
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Maximum occupancy rate must remain under 50 percent or 50 total people. All booths and tables must be at least six feet apart.
Wyoming
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Photo courtesy of HPD

 


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