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US News Airbnb offers 'heroic' NHS workers free homes during coronavirus outbreak

06:25  29 march  2020
06:25  29 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Airbnb hosts will provide free rooms for workers in Britain's National Health Service ( NHS ) to support their work during the coronavirus outbreak Nearly 1,500 places to stay have been made available under the scheme amid a slump in bookings on the home rental start-up as travel restrictions and

Airbnb is launching a new global initiative to help healthcare professionals and first responders Airbnb has said that, even if hosts are not able to host first responders for free , the company will still “Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus While Airbnb is providing housing options globally, a similar initiative, NHS Homes , has also been launched

Frontline NHS workers will be offered free places to stay by Airbnb during the coronavirus pandemic.

a sign on the side of a building: Airbnb's move is in support of the NHS' critical work during the pandemic © Getty Airbnb's move is in support of the NHS' critical work during the pandemic

Homeowners who list their properties through Airbnb are able to opt in to the programme and offer an entire home, with Airbnb waiving all fees for the stays.

So far, 1,500 places to stay have been offered in the UK on the accommodation marketplace website.

Worried NHS workers have been speaking out about the tough realities of commuting in packed trains alongside other commuters that the government says can still go into work if they are unable or not allowed to do so from home.

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Airbnb hosts around the world are losing nightly bookings. But hosts aren’t just watching their business disappear. Coronavirus forces Zillow Offers , Redfin and other major brokerages to cancel open houses. Thousands of Airbnb Hosts Have Offered Their Homes to Hospital Workers for Free .

Airbnb hosts around the world are losing nightly bookings. But hosts aren’t just watching their As the novel coronavirus pandemic rips through the hospitality and tourism industry, Airbnb Some suggest renting to nurses and health care workers who don’t want to expose their families to the virus at home .

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"As health workers we take the two-metre rule really seriously - and I don't think other people are because they're just sitting next to each other on the trains. It's quite stressful," a member of the NHS told Sky News recently.

Airbnb has been running a scheme in other countries to put up healthcare professionals and other emergency service staff to help them stay nearer work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Now it has officially teamed up with the NHS to expand the offer in Britain.

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"Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help," Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia said in a statement. "We've heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders.

"Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help," Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia said in a statement. "We've heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders.

The support will be offered to hospitals and trusts directly to help their healthcare workers book accommodation.

Patrick Robinson, director of public policy at Airbnb, said "the entire country is behind our heroic NHS and medical staff".

"We have made it our priority to stand with the Airbnb community to do what we can to help," he continued.

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"By working together, we can ensure that frontline workers can find a free and convenient place to stay as they continue their critical work.

"We thank our doctors and nurses across the country from the bottom of our hearts and are grateful to hosts who have already opened their homes during these difficult times."

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