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Brief Published: 24 Mar 2020

Hotels Open Doors to Help Homeless Self-Isolate

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Hotels is Paris and London are helping homeless individuals self isolate

As the travel industry comes to a standstill, a number of hotels across the world are offering up their empty rooms for homeless people to shield them from Covid-19.

In London, global hospitality giant IHG is working with mayor Sadiq Khan to block book 300 of its hotel rooms at a significantly lower rate – opening them up to the city’s rough sleepers, allowing them to self-isolate. Funding for the initiative comes from the UK government, with the rooms open free of charge for homeless individuals known to local charities.

London taxi-hailing apps Free Now and Gett have also offered to transport homeless individuals to the rooms to avoid the need for public transport.

Similarly, several hotels in Paris are working with French housing minister Julien Denormandie to offer their empty rooms to homeless people, including independent hotel CIS Paris Kellerman, which has offered 50 rooms, and a further 500 rooms coming from French multinational chain Accor.

Rough sleepers are at high risk from Covid-19, as many have underlying health conditions and homeless shelter accommodation doesn’t allow for self-isolation.

For a further example of how the hospitality industry is joining the wider fight against Covid-19, read Fast-Food Restaurants Become Mini Supermarkets and Hotels as Temporary Hospitals.

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