Ice cream shop becoming truck stop to help semi drivers working through COVID-19 pandemic

An ice cream shop in a Saskatchewan village is rolling up its sleeves early to help out semi drivers along their route to deliver cargo amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With measures in effect, restaurants have had to transition to takeout and drive-thru only, which can cause problems for truckers hauling trailers.

Normally for No. 1 Scoop owner Janis Entem, she doesn’t open until a couple of days before the May long weekend.

“When I’d heard about the truck drivers having such a hard time finding somewhere to get food, I just made the decision that I was going to open early to give them a venue to get food. To me, it’s just the right thing to do,” Entem said.

“Because they have to keep working. I mean, we need truck drivers. We need to have the groceries delivered to the grocery stores and even to the restaurants that are closed but still doing takeout, and medical supplies, all that stuff.

“They’re all standing up and doing their part, what they feel is their part in helping everybody out in this pandemic.”

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