Florida’s turnpike resumes food services post-covid lockdown

by | May 13, 2020

Florida’s travelers can once again enjoy stopping at turnpike service stations. In accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis’ “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery,” the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)  has resumed food services at its eight plazas.

In anticipation of the reopening, the FDOT and FTE have implemented strict safety precautions to eliminate the spread of COVID-19. The vendors are focused on cleanliness, social distancing and reducing touch points.

The safety precautions to be implemented include thorough cleansing using a disinfectant specially formulated to eliminate viruses. Managers and associates at each roadside stop received new training on updated safety and sanitizing procedures and additional sanitizer stations are placed throughout the plazas and restrooms.

In order to implement social distancing throughout affiliated plazas, indoor dining is limited to no more than 25% capacity. Outdoor seating is configured for 6 feet of separation between tables and floors are line with tape to identify proper spacing. Guests are encouraged to wear protective masks in all facilities and plazas if possible.

To reduce touch points, condiments will be provided at the counter instead of a self-serve station and high touch points such as credit/debit card readers will be disinfected frequently.

Additionally, managers will ensure team members are symptom-free before beginning their shifts. In accordance with the Phase 1 Recovery Plan for restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, food service stations at Snapper Creek, Pompano and West Palm Beach Plazas will be limited to take out orders only.

All Dunkin’ Donuts locations will be open 24 hours and other restaurant concepts will operate with modified hours. The department will monitor dining practices and adjust as new guidelines emerge.

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