Saskatchewan hotel offers free meals, showers to truckers

Holiday Inn Express in North Battleford is virtually empty due to COVID-19, but is staying open to help commercial drivers

By
Pipeline News
April 8, 2020





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Holiday Inn Express in North Battleford. | Photo by Brian Zinchuk

What do you do when your new hotel is hardly seeing anyone come in the door due to the COVID-19 crisis, but truckers are having a hard time finding a place to shower and grab a bite to eat?

If you’re the Holiday Inn Express in North Battleford, you open your doors to help truckers. The hotel is offering free showers, as well as complementary breakfast or supper, to commercial truckers.

“We had the option to close down or keep open,” hotel owner Gary Brar told Pipeline News on April 3.

The main floor rooms of the hotel have been opened up so that commercial truckers can use the washroom and showers. The rest of the room has been blocked off so that cleaning staff can clean and disinfect after each user, according to Jenni Wuttunee, director of sales and marketing.  

Wuttunee said, “We decided we wanted to give something back.”

Breakfasts for truckers are offered from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and suppers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., all free of charge. 

Asked how long he intends on doing this, Brar responded, “Until we see some light at the end of the tunnel.”


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