Coronavirus Outbreak

Rest Areas, Service Plazas Across Conn. Remain Open Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Multiple rest areas and services plazas across the state will remain open for truckers and motorists as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Officials said the rest areas on Interstate 84 and Interstate 91 will remain open 24/7.

All of the service plazas on Interstate 95, Interstate 395 and the Merritt Parkway will also remain open 24/7. They will have fuel, bathrooms, convenience stores and prepared takeout food available.

While Connecticut rest stops remain open, truck drivers we spoke to stopped in Southington said that's not the case in other states. 

They said that is making it difficult to find even a place to park to sleep. 

"We can see the difference in the traffic. There’s fewer cars," said Martin Larochelle, who is hauling lumber from Quebec to Maryland. 

Larochelle is not concerned about getting back into Canada since he’s a citizen, but he's constantly driven to think about health of his loved ones.

Peter Saul has antibacterial wipes in his truck. The truck driver from Long Island said he's seeing the impact the coronavirus is having on the roads, "Fear. I see a lot of fear. Nobody wants to talk to anybody. Nobody wants to shakes hands. When I go to see a customer, stand back a little bit. It’s getting frightening."

So far, more than 60 people in Connecticut have tested positive for coronavirus.

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