COLUMBUS, Ohio — Truckers traveling Ohio highways will now be able to stop and grab a bite to eat from food truck vendors who have been given permission to operate at the state’s rest stops.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, “this is an effort to better serve the truck drivers who play a vital role in helping flatten the curve.”
Food truck operators can now set up at ODOT-maintained rest areas. This is an effort to better serve the truck drivers who play a vital role in helping #FlattenTheCurve. Permits are available here: https://t.co/yH5rmAkpgh#InThisTogetherOhio pic.twitter.com/ZwzCecshNy— Ohio Dept of Transportation (@ODOT_Statewide) April 10, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement on Friday during his daily coronavirus news conference.
“It is important for our truck drivers and other central personal to have access to hot meals as they get food and other essential items to our grocery stores,” DeWine said. “Truckers, I give a shout out to them—they’re making a difference. They certainly are essential.”
DeWine said he was notified last week by the Federal Highway Administration that it would temporarily allow the state to use food trucks.
Following that, ODOT created a new permit that allows food vendors to sell food to truck drivers and other essential personnel stopping at the state’s 86 rest areas, DeWine stated.
There is no charge for the permit and vendors who are interested in obtaining one can find them on the ODOT website, here.
Additional Coronavirus information and resources:
We're Open! Northeast Ohio is place created by News 5 to open us up to new ways of thinking, new ways of gathering and new ways of supporting each other.
Click here for a page with resources including a COVID-19 overview from the CDC, details on cases in Ohio, a timeline of Governor Mike DeWine's orders since the outbreak, coronavirus' impact on Northeast Ohio, and link to more information from the Ohio Department of Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the CDC and the WHO.
See data visualizations showing the impact of coronavirus in Ohio, including county-by-county maps, charts showing the spread of the disease, and more.
View a global coronavirus tracker with data from Johns Hopkins University.
See complete coverage on our Coronavirus Continuing Coverage page.