Travel TrendsFree accommodation initiative goes global in support of COVID-19 responders

Airbnb calls on hosts to support healthcare workers

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Airbnb wants hosts to open their homes to healthcare professionals fighting virus outbreak.
Airbnb wants hosts to open their homes to healthcare professionals fighting virus outbreak. Photo Credit: Airbnb

SINGAPORE - Airbnb has launched a new global initiative to help house 100,000 healthcare professionals during the coronavirus crisis.

It is asking Airbnb hosts to provide ‘free’ accommodation to COVID-19 responders.

Airbnb says it will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative.

"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.

To enable healthcare providers and other COVID-19 responders to find housing, Airbnb will be working with businesses, non-profits and government and emergency management agencies supporting these responders.

Hosts can opt into the programme and have the option of opening their homes for free through Airbnb's Open Homes platform, created in 2012 to meet the needs of people requiring emergency housing. If hosts are not able to host for free, Airbnb will still waive all fees on the stay.

Airbnb has developed a protocol for hosts who support this collective health effort, incorporating new requirements from local and national authorities and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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

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