The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted at the beginning of May to pass a measure making things a bit easier for food trucks and mobile food vendors at this time.
The temporary measure, set in place for 30 days, includes waiving fees and the need for permits, as well as allowing for more freedom in where the mobile restaurants can set up shop.
At the June 15 meeting of the board, supervisors voted to extend the measure for an additional 30 days.
The idea came when Madison County Zoning Administrator Scott Weeks told the board that food trucks and mobile food vendors are required to be located in an industrial zone. Due to the virus, they have been setting up at homeowners’ association clubhouses and churches, among other places, to allow for easier access to those trying to social distance or working from home.
Weeks requested that the board allow for more relaxed regulations so that food trucks can continue this practice.
The temporary regulation change, which will last for an additional 30 days, also waives the $1,000 permit fee and the $500 annual fee.
At the end of the 30-day period, the board will consider at its second meeting in July whether to extend the changes depending on the state of the pandemic at that point.
Those who operate a food truck or mobile food vendor are still required to comply with social distancing requirements, including wearing a mask and gloves at all times, no self-service condiments, signage and cones to promote social distancing of customers, online ordering and payment or touchless credit card payment, if possible, and texting the customer when their order is ready to discourage lines.