Jim Bence

Many restaurants looking for staff ahead of restrictions being lifted on Sunday

Jun 18, 2021 | 9:37am

Hospitality Saskatchewan is looking forward to seeing restaurants reopen to full capacity on Sunday, but for some it won’t be easy. While some restaurants were able to keep their full staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, others had to lay off staff, and are having difficulty bringing them back for a variety of reasons. President and […]

Hospitality Sask. excited for the reopening of dining rooms at Regina and area restaurants

May 10, 2021 | 7:53am

Restaurants in Regina and area are going to be able to open one week from today, which is welcome news for Hospitality Saskatchewan. President and CEO Jim Bence says it really shows how well the business community in Saskatchewan is dealing with COVID-19. “I think that from a tourism perspective, it’s really well received, for […]

Hospitality Sask. launches mental health supports for workers effected by pandemic

Mar 29, 2021 | 7:13am

Hospitality Saskatchewan is launching a new mental health support program for people in the industry affected by the pandemic. CEO Jim Bence says the uncertainty of the pandemic has not been easy on the industry, or its workers. “We noticed a year ago that many in our industry, tens of thousands laid off, now we’re […]

Reaction pours in after COVID-19 prevention measures for Regina announced

Mar 24, 2021 | 7:39am

The Saskatchewan government announced more strict COVID-19 measures for the Regina area on Tuesday, leading to reaction from both those who think the measures are needed and those who believe they could leave a devastating impact. Regina and District Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins approves of the province’s plan to close off a lot […]

Multiple business groups support targeted COVID-19 approach by provincial government

Nov 17, 2020 | 11:09am

Thirty-four businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development associations, hotels and other representatives from the business community in Saskatchewan have banded together to present an open letter to the people of Saskatchewan. The letter expresses their strong support of the targeted approach presented by the Saskatchewan government to address the rising case counts for COVID-19, which […]

Restaurants excited to re-open as part of Phase Three of Saskatchewan’s Re-Open plan

May 22, 2020 | 8:02am

Restaurants will be able to open at 50% capacity as part of Phase Three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan starting June 8th, and that’s positive news for the Saskatchewan Hotel Hospitality Association. President and CEO Jim Bence says this will help restaurants recuperate after COVID-19 forced them to close their doors from in-house food service […]