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      09-06-2020, 12:24 AM   #1
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Long Drives and Rest Room Stops I95

I am planning a long drive south down Interstate I95
Can anyone report how the rest stops are during this social distancing due to COVID-19. I am wondering if I can expect long lines and big wait time to get into the bathrooms, etc... I have a feeling it could delay my drive by hours if there long wait times.
Please let me know if anyone had any Recent Interstate I95 long distance experience with the rest stops in general, or anything I need to look out for. Thank you.
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The Alexander Hamilton Service Area (NJ Turnpike South, mile marker 111). The Delaware Welcome Center is also good. It was redone some years ago but has a snack bar, coffee, gas station.
I haven't had any issues at the DWS. It was open for business. Folks kept a bit of distance. Rest rooms were being cleaned regularly. It wasn't a long queue to get in but there was a queue for coffee.
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Between VA and GA, it's business like usual. Most wear mask, but no lines or similar at rest areas.

Might be a diff story north of VA where service areas and not rest areas are common.
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I am planning a long drive south down Interstate I95
Can anyone report how the rest stops are during this social distancing due to COVID-19. I am wondering if I can expect long lines and big wait time to get into the bathrooms, etc... I have a feeling it could delay my drive by hours if there long wait times.
Please let me know if anyone had any Recent Interstate I95 long distance experience with the rest stops in general, or anything I need to look out for. Thank you.
I just drove from Georgia to Northern VA to see family this weekend. I stopped at three rest areas, all three were fully up and operational, no delays, no closures, etc. This was going up I85/I95. You'll be fine. Safe traveles.
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I'd rather stop and use the side of the road than go into the rest stops.

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I'd rather stop and use the side of the road then go into the rest stops.
If you've already pee'd on the side of the road, then you wouldn't need to stop at the rest stop, would you?

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From Ft. Pierce, FL to I-26 in SC, no lines or issues last Friday. Most, but not everyone wears a mask, and not all restrooms are created equally. Bring paper towels to dry your hands unless you want to stand in front of the fecal blowers to dry them and not a bad idea to bring some hand sanitizer along.

The state welcome centers are pretty good places to stop.
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Thank you for the info everyone; helps me plan what to expect.
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Rest stops and gas stations generally speaking in the USA are borderline 3rd world for the most part due to the old and crumbling infrastructure... only commentary that I can make is that it wasn't good before and it's still not good having driven I95 in FL a multiple of times since Covid started. Some care about masks and wear them but frankly in most smaller towns, there is 0 enforcement whatsoever.
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The most important thing that I can say is to remember that there's a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for anyone coming into the northeast after visiting most areas south of New Jersey. Plan accordingly if you intend to come back to NYC after your trip.....
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I just came back to South FL last night. I-95 down all the way from Charleston area. Roads were a shit show because of Labor Day weekend traffic and general human stupidity. Multiple highway closures and saw some gnarly accidents.

Despite that, rest stops had people but no lines or waits. Honestly I don't think too many cars stop at rest stops, on the whole.

There are a lot of morons who don't respect pandemic safeguards or just the welfare of their fellow humans, period. So you'll want to have lots of space to maneuver around these ass clowns. Thankfully I had no problems doing so
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I drive by the one in Port St Luice all the time. Seems about normal traffic and looks to be very open. Honestly I don't think most rest stops are that bad (pre-covid, haven't really been anywhere since). I have been inside many of the FL ones and they are fine. I mean it's a public restroom, not the ritz. Some are fancier with fast food places and what not inside... dunno what else you would expect. Outside of FL we are usually traveling with our own bathroom so... while the parking lot at most is nice enough... we don't have a need to go inside.
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I have driven through 19 states during the pandemic, from the earliest days of lockdown easing until yesterday. No problems. Gasoline, restroom, coffee and food in plentiful supply with either no waiting or business as usual waits.

Most states east of the Mississippi but also a couple of western states.
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If you've already pee'd on the side of the road, then you wouldn't need to stop at the rest stop, would you?

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If you've already pee'd on the side of the road, then you wouldn't need to stop at the rest stop, would you?

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I'd rather stop and use the side of the road than go into the rest stops.
But, what would happen if the Fuzz saw you doing that?

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But, what would happen if the Fuzz saw you doing that?

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