Estevan – The Western Star chain of hotels in southeast Saskatchewan and southwest Manitoba have opened up their doors to commercial truckers, offering free hot showers, coffee, and complimentary breakfasts at all of their locations.
Over the last decade, Western Star has built hotels in Carlyle, Stoughton, Redvers, Carnduff, Esterhazy, Melita and Estevan, and all will be offering this service to commercial truckers who need a break and perhaps a place to wash up.
Another hotel under the same ownership, the Holiday Inn Express in North Battleford, is doing the same, except that one location is also offering a complementary supper.
The Western Stars will offer a light snack in the evening instead. But the coffee is on 24/7, said Twila Bauman, general manager, who looks after the Western Star Hotels.
The media has been filled with reports of how some places have shut down washrooms or shower facilities, and the difficulties truckers have had even to get a hot meal, despite being considered one of the most essential services in our economy today. They are one of the few groups of people whose mobility has not been restricted, but they’ve been having a hard time to even get a shower, or a washroom.
Rooms of each of the Western Star Hotels 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.
Complementary breakfasts for truckers are from 5 to 10 a.m.
Bauman said they intend to do this “until this whole thing has cleared. As long as needed.”
Estevan started on April 2. Speaking to Pipeline News on April 3, Bauman said they’ve had one person stop by so far, just wanting a brief rest and a coffee. But word is getting out on social media.