Amid the current downfall of the travel industry, many hotels are helping out during the pandemic in kind and generous ways.
COVID-19 has tested us in many unexpected ways. But while the virus has led to many heartbreaks it has also shed some light. Recently, multiple hotels and hospitality chains have offered shelter to healthcare workers at the frontlines of this pandemic as well as COVID-19 patients. Some going as far as to offer free housing to first responders worried about exposing their families to the virus. These are some hotels taking the extra step to shift with the changing times and provide a little ease to those facing the virus.
This Manhattan hotel has offered rooms up to healthcare workers, the rooms are being paid for by the hotel’s owner, Ty Warner. 225 rooms have been made available and are following guidelines from medical experts and social distancing rules.
The Sheraton Fairplex Hotel in California is going to be housing people who need to be quarantined due to COVID-19. Specifically those who have tested positive for the virus, are showing symptoms of it or have to self-quarantine because they have been in contact with people with COVID. Those staying at the hotel will be provided with food, medical services, and laundry. The hotel is offering 244 rooms.
This hotel in Chicago worked with the city to rent out their hotel rooms. The rooms will be designated for people diagnosed with the virus or people who believe they have been exposed. Steps like these are helpful to relieve the hospitals from the burden of carrying patients they can’t house. This effort is especially important to help stop contamination between family members and motivate people to remain quarantined.
This hotel, located in Detroit, Michigan is offering free rooms to first responders. They are housing first responders since many are afraid to infect their families with COVID-19.
This Colorado-based hotel has rented out its rooms to National Guard members. In Colorado, the National Guard has been asked to help health care officials with COVID-19 testing as cases rise in Colorado.
While this is a small list of the many hotels and chains offering up their services in this time of crisis, it’s just the tip of the national US effort to fight this pandemic. What these examples show us is that these are not normal circumstances, and the best way to move forward is for people and organizations to adjust to our ‘new normal’. Hotels, facing closings and lack of visitors, with dozens of empty rooms are changing their purpose to help out during this once-in-a-lifetime event. These are the actions and mindsets we need to face this pandemic full on. And hopefully, with these changes, we can start seeing the end of COVID-19.
As always, we must thank our health care workers fighting to stop this virus and the many others working behind the scenes. Thank you for all that you are doing.