The Center for Disease control has issued new guidance for truckers and other people who are driving into the city to deliver essential supplies, urging drivers to ” stay in their vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded and unloaded, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible,” according to a press release.
New York City is one of the hardest hit US locations with over 23,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city alone. The CDC also recommended that drivers who need to spend the night in the greater New York City area, should stay in their hotel rooms or sleeper cab, when available, to the extent possible and continue to practice social distancing.
“Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live,” the release reads.
“Truck drivers and other workers who obtain or deliver needed supplies who live in the greater New York area may continue to work both within and outside of the greater New York area but should stay at home and practice social distancing according to instructions of state and local officials when they are not working.
“While they are working either within or outside of the greater New York area, they should stay in their vehicles as much as possible, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.”