TravelCenters of America and Pilot Flying J to Soon Enforce Face Mask Mandate at All Stops
Westlake, OH; Knoxville, TN – Two more major truck stop chains will soon require facial coverings in all locations across the nation.
TravelCenters of America (TA) and Pilot Company (Pilot Flying J) will soon be enforcing a mask mandate policy.
A spokesperson with TA told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) on Friday the company will require all customers to wear facial coverings beginning Wednesday, July 29.
A Pilot Company spokesperson also confirmed to TNN the Knoxville, TN-based chain will begin requiring guests to wear a face covering at all owned and operated locations as of July 28.
“This policy is in accordance with several states and counties already requiring face coverings and will not apply to children or to persons with a medical condition that prevent wearing a face covering,” the spokesperson said. “For professional drivers that do not have a face covering, we offer them for purchase and are working to make them available upon request as supplies last.”
These moves come in the same week Love’s Travel Stops announced that it too will require customers to wear facial coverings at every Love’s Travel Stop, Love’s Country Store, Love’s Truck Care and Speedco location across the country.
Love’s will also begin enforcing the rule on July 29.
Also on Friday, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) called for a nationwide mandate for all truck stops and travel plazas to require facial coverings.
“The Centers for Disease Control has called on all Americans to wear face masks to reduce the spread of the disease,” a NATSO statement said. “Because the virus can be spread by those who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected, it is important for everyone to wear masks.”
NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings suggested business owners who do not require masks be worn in-store are unpatriotic.
Click HERE to read Mullings’ full statement.
A growing list of retailers are requiring masks be worn including huge companies such as Walmart, Apple, Best Buy, Costco, Starbucks, CVS, Home Depot, and Lowe’s just to name a few.
On Friday, McDonald’s added to that list as well.
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