Airbnb offers accommodation to 100,000 COVID-19 responders

Airbnb announced to offer free or affordable accommodation for up to 100,000 relief workers contributing to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The decision is being made in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Rescue Committee, the International Medical Corps and other non-profit organisations, Airbnb said in a statement.

Chief Executive Brian Chesky tweeted that Airbnb hosts can decide to sell homes that follow health and cleanliness standards.

Airbnb is likely to see a massive financial hit due to this coronavirus crisis requested its hosts to offer accommodation for free, and also said that it will cancel all Airbnb fees.

“We started with pilots in Italy and France, and nearly 6,000 heroic hosts have already signed up,” Chesky wrote.

“Today we are expanding accommodations for COVID-19 responders globally.”

Airbnb mentioned that it has established a framework for hosts that support this public health initiative by integrating recommendations from local and regional agencies and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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