Airbnb mentioned Thursday it could present free or sponsored housing for as much as 100,000 reduction employees responding to the coronavirus pandemic all over the world. The house-sharing platform mentioned it could subsidize the stays for well being professionals and different emergency responders to allow them to stay nearer to their work places.
The transfer is being made in cooperation with the Worldwide Federation of the Crimson Cross and Crimson Crescent Societies, the Worldwide Rescue Committee, Worldwide Medical Corps and different nonprofit organizations, Airbnb mentioned in a press release.
Chief govt Brian Chesky tweeted that Airbnb hosts might choose in to supply houses that respect security and cleanliness protocols.
The corporate — which is anticipated to see an enormous hit from the pandemic — requested its hosts to supply housing at no cost, and in addition mentioned it could be waiving all its charges.
“We began with pilots in Italy and France, and practically 6,000 heroic hosts have already signed up,” Chesky wrote.
“As we speak we’re increasing lodging for COVID-19 responders globally.”
One of many largest “sharing financial system” platforms, Airbnb had been planning a share providing this yr earlier than the pandemic hit, with its valuation estimated as excessive as $35 billion.
Airbnb mentioned it has developed a protocol for hosts who help this collective well being effort by incorporating tips from native and nationwide authorities and the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
In some circumstances, this may imply the itemizing of total houses with enhanced cleansing, or permitting 72 hours between stays, the San Francisco firm mentioned.