Coronavirus crisis: Airbnb provides free stay service for medical forces in Italy and France

Open Homes program allows hosts to open their accommodations to provide free, temporary housing for those going through a difficult time

Airbnb, Free stay, Medical personnel, Italy, France, French government

Travel lodging platform, Airbnb is providing free-of-cost stay for medical personnel who are in the frontline battling against the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in France and Italy.

On 24th March, 2020, Airbnb partnered with the French government, to offer free stays for the medical staff including doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and social workers.  For this noble initiative, the Airbnb expanded its Open Homes program in that country to connect medical staff and caregivers with free places to stay offered by local Airbnb hosts.

Open Homes program by Airbnb allows hosts to open their accommodations to provide free, temporary housing for those "going through a difficult time." Airbnb will waive the fees for the stays and will give €50 to hosts to help with cleaning costs.

Apart from this, on 18th March, the free-stay service was also launched for doctors and nurses in Italy. The lodging company announced to cover the costs and fees associated with the stays for up to two months. The local host organization OspitalMI oversees the booking process and helps medical professionals with the selection of appropriate accommodations.

Given the outcome of the initiatives, the travel lodging platform will see if they can be applied to other locations, informed the company spokesperson.

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