Food Trucks Could Soon Reopen Thanks To New Technology That Allows Social Distancing – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – Due to the coronavirus crisis, many stationary companies have closed, but also some on four wheels. A small business owner hopes to reopen dozen of local food truck businesses with new technology that enables social distancing.

Less than a month ago, you could get delicious street food in minutes.

But now city officials have pulled food trucks off the streets because of social distancing issues and it’s causing big problems for these small business owners.

“You’re panicking right now,” said Matt Rossi.

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Rossi talks about the more than five dozen food truck companies he represents as part of the Kitchener Mobile Food Association.

“So you’re just sitting here looking at what’s left of our food trucks. Unfortunately it’s my truck graveyard, ”said Rossi.

As the owner of nine trucks, Rossi knows the city’s cell phone sales ban is affecting business due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“These trucks are run by husband and wife, so that’s their total income. If you lose that, you lose everything, ”said Rossi.

But after a flurry of warm weather last week, Rossi understands why city officials made their decision.

“Some trucks were out there with long lines of people,” said Rossi. “Those long lines of people showed the point. We didn’t adhere to social distancing guidelines. “

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Now Rossi is working on a way to reopen these mobile restaurants while limiting contact between customers and employees.

An established app called Best Food Trucks is already being used in other major cities and is intended to limit contact between employees and their customers.

“You can click on the truck, order your food and be notified when your food is ready,” said Rossi.

Payment is also made remotely.

“Complete non-contact,” said Rossi.

Councilor Jamie Gauthier is working with Rossi to reopen these cellular businesses.

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In a statement, Gauthier wrote: “Food trucks are also small businesses. We need to make sure they get a fair chance to make money, as is the case in brick and mortar restaurants, while also enforcing social distancing as much as possible. I support Mr Rossi’s suggestion to introduce this app and we are working with the trade department and L&I to find out what is possible. “

Rossi says if the city council and licenses and inspections approve use of the app, food trucks could be back on the streets as soon as next week.

He also points out that they can serve key employees at locations near hospitals and police stations.

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