The safety and well being of HONK Partners and HONK customers is and always will be our biggest priority. During this time, we will continue to monitor the situation and will continue to update this page with relevant news and tips.
Towing and roadside businesses are classified as ESSENTIAL SERVICES. What does this mean?
Your towing and roadside business is considered an “Essential Service”, as you provide transportation and repair services for people and their vehicles. This means you are allowed to remain open and can continue to support your customers in the event of re-imposed lockdowns. It is however recommended you take necessary precautions to limit the exposure as the virus continues to permeate through various regions across the country.
Your health and safety is very important to us, so let us take a moment to say “thank you” for staying open and continuing to support your customers. You are the real first responder hero and you and your business will help so many people through this difficult time right now. We do understand that your family is also important, so if you need to be away from your business, just be sure to mark yourself and your operators as “off-duty” through the HONK Partner App so we don’t attempt to send you jobs in your area during that important time.
Steps we are taking
- We are continuously monitoring the situation and will send updates to you if we anticipate any impacts to our dispatch centers or with our support teams.
- We have implemented necessary safeguards and contingency plans, in the event we need to shift staffing resources among our nationwide offices.
- To ensure the health and safety of our customers and service providers during the current Covid-19 situation, if ride along assistance is requested we recommend that both the customer and service provider please abide by their state’s current mask protocol while in close proximity with each other.
- We will continue to monitor and follow any recommendations issued by the CDC regarding prevention.
Precuations you may want to take
- Clean your hands often, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid shaking hands and minimize contact with motorists or other people in the vicinity of your service vehicle.
- Clean and disinfect your service vehicles after each job, especially in areas where you and your customers touch often.
- Consider having hand sanitizer and masks available for customers upon request or for those showing signs of illness and coughing.
- If you start experiencing symptoms (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.) avoid taking jobs that would bring you in contact with others and follow up with a healthcare provider immediately.
Important news updates and resources
This section will be updated regularly
- Regular Updates: CDC Covid-19 index
- Regular Updates: World Health Organization
- Regular Updates: Johns Hopkins coronavirus world tracker
- 5/26: WHO warns of ‘second peak’; some U.S. states see uptick in hospitalizations
- 5/18: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/health/coronavirus-vaccine-moderna-early-results/index.html
- 5/11: Parts of New York can reopen as coronavirus rates fall to the level of late March
- 5/7: U.S. Coronavirus Testing Still Falls Short. How’s Your State Doing?
- 5/6: Trump, reversing course, says coronavirus task force will continue ‘indefinitely’
- 5/5: White House to wind down coronavirus task force
- 5/4: Scientists Create Antibody That Defeats Coronavirus in Lab
- 4/30: Coronavirus vaccine by January is ‘doable,’ says Dr. Fauci
- 4/29: Early results of coronavirus drug trial show improvement with remdesivir treatment
- 4/28: States ease COVID-19 restrictions as testing ramps up
- 4/27: Coronavirus stimulus phase 4 could exceed $1 trillion and include negative payroll tax
- 4/24: Georgia re-opens, despite not meeting White House benchmarks
- 4/21: White House, Congress reach deal to replenish small business loan program
- 4/20: Congress, White House close to deal on $350 billion in additional small business aid
- 4/20: Coronavirus updates: Progress, but the COVID-19 “beast is still alive”
- 4/17: Trump unveils plan to open states in phases
- 4/17: Some states could begin opening May 4th, according to some models
- 4/15: Small business loan program runs out of money, is no longer accepting applications
- 4/14: J&J eyes ‘imminent’ coronavirus vaccine production, aims for a billion doses worldwide
- 4/14: Track the status of your stimulus check here
- 4/13: Govenors announce plans on how to re-open their local economies
- 4/10: 50 million Americans to receive first stimulus checks
- 4/10: Antibody coronavirus tests could be available next week
- 4/8: Coronavirus death projections lowered but officials warn of ‘second wave’
- 4/8: More coronavirus vaccine efforts move to human trials
- 4/8: Wall Street rallies as investors focus on recovery
- 4/6: Fed steps in to push banks to provide small business loans
- 4/4: CARES Act loans: 10 things small businesses should know
- 4/2: White House urges Americans to wear face masks in public
- 4/2: Loan information for small businesses
- 4/1: Florida issues 30 day stay-at-home order
- 3/30: Hospital ship USNS Comfort arrives in NYC
- 3/30: US Chamber of Commerce releases plan for small business loans
- 3/29: Social distancing measures extended to April 30
- 3/27: President Trump signs $2 trillion stimulus bill into law
- 3/25: White House, Senate reach agreement on $2 trillion stimulus deal amid coronavirus fears
- 3/25: DHS releases guidance document related to essential workers
- 3/24: The importance of protecting towing and roadside operators
- 3/24: 17 states will have “Stay At Home” orders implemented by Wednesday
- 3/23: “Stay At Home” orders extended to 8 states across the country
- 3/20: Illinois issues “Stay at Home” plans
- 3/20: California issues “Safer at Home” plans
- 3/20: New York issues “Stay at Home” plans
- 3/20: US to close borders with Canada, Mexico