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Airbnb steps in to house first responders in COVID crisis

On Friday, Airbnb announced a new global initiative where hosts can provide housing to 100,000 COVID-19 Responders. Could traditional accom providers so something similar?

The plan is to “provide free or subsidized housing for healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders, typically closer to where they are working”.

Partnering with international non-profit organisations AIRBNB said it plans to help support relief workers on the front lines and connect workers with safe and convenient places to stay while they respond to the Pandemic.

“Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help,” says Airbnb’s Co-founder Joe Gebbia.

All accommodation offered will follow new cleanliness protocols based on recommendations from medical experts.

Dr. Larry Brilliant said: “While science is still developing around COVID-19, and there is a lot we do not know, we have provided guidance to support the Airbnb community participating in immediate efforts with governments and institutions. As medical and relief workers require accommodation for response and preparedness, the Airbnb community is in a unique position to help. I applaud Airbnb for working under conditions of such uncertainty to provide housing for first responders and medical staff working in this pandemic. We are working to provide clear communication and resources, based on rapidly evolving knowledge about this novel virus and best practices on sanitation, in order to help keep communities as safe as possible.”

Safe hosting recommendations include: “listing entire homes and agreeing to a number of safety requirements including enhanced cleaning, social distancing with their guests, and allowing 72 hours between stays. Airbnb’s partners or affiliates will ensure that stays are COVID-19 related and responders are familiar with safety protocols”.

Airbnb has also launched a donation tool to help power even more stays for relief workers while they do their critical work. 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to non-profits helping with COVID-19 relief efforts.

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  1. This is Airbnb rescuing its reputation. According to Inside Airbnb, only 45 hosts have registered to offer free accommodation to first responders. They must also delist all properties offering self – isolation, in fact, right now no hosts should be accept guests, especially in residential apartment buildings.

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