Airbnb offers ‘heroic’ NHS workers free homes during coronavirus outbreak

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Airbnb offers ‘heroic’ NHS workers free homes during coronavirus outbreak

Frontline NHS workers will be offered free places to stay by Airbnb during the coronavirus pandemic.

Homeowners who list their properties through Airbnb are able to opt in to the programme and offer an entire home, with Airbnb waiving all fees for the stays.

So far, 1,500 places to stay have been offered in the UK on the accommodation marketplace website.

Worried NHS workers have been speaking out about the tough realities of commuting in packed trains alongside other commuters that the government says can still go into work if they are unable or not allowed to do so from home.

Inside a packed London tube train

"As health workers we take the two-metre rule really seriously – and I don't think other people are because they're just sitting next to each other on the trains. It's quite stressful," a member of the NHS told Sky News recently.

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Airbnb has been running a scheme in other countries to put up healthcare professionals and other emergency service staff to help them stay nearer work during the COVID-19 crisis.

A temporary testing station has been set up at Chessington World of Adventures in Greater London
Image: A temporary testing station has been set up at Chessington World of Adventures in Greater London

Now it has officially teamed up with the NHS to expand the offer in Britain.

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The support will be offered to hospitals and trusts directly to help their healthcare workers book accommodation.

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