Right now, the people working to stem the spread of the coronavirus are the most important people in the world. The cases of COVID-19 In Canada are still going up, and the people on the frontlines need help. Airbnb is now offering their support in the form of free lodging.
In a March 26 press release, the company announced that it was launching a global initiative to provide free and subsidized housing to COVID-19 responders.
This is being done so that these workers can be closer to where they need to be to provide the best level of aid to people.
Airbnb's ultimate goal is to be able to help 100,000 workers worldwide in participation with nonprofit organizations that include the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Rescue Committee.
The company is allowing hosts in its network to opt in for hosting responders. This will be done through Airbnb's Open Homes platform, which was created in 2012 to provide emergency housing for those in need.
A protocol has also been designed for this purpose to ensure that host homes are clean and sanitized in accordance with guidelines from the CDC.
These include enhanced cleaning, hosts maintaining social distance from their guests, and allowing 72 hours between different stays.
We are partnering with our hosts to provide healthcare providers, relief workers, and first responders on the front… https://t.co/ipOjecKtHG— Airbnb (@Airbnb)1585230600.0
"Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help,” Airbnb Co-founder 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."
Airbnb joins a growing list of companies that are doing their part to help responders in any way they can.
Harvey's and Swiss Chalet announced that they would take 50 percent off any orders for frontline workers.