OYO Rooms offers free stays to COVID-19 frontliners, as a part of its ‘Donate A Night’ and ‘Book A Night for Self-Isolation’ initiatives. By Tanvi Jain

 

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OYO properties across Indiahave offered free rooms to healthcare workers involved in the fight against the COVID-19The medical first responders can easily book any room in the properties that have been shortlisted by the group. All they need to do is provide relevant identification, based on which OYO will take care of all the accommodation expenditures. 

“We have started with select OYO Townhouse hotels in Gurgaon and Bangalore; medical first responders who are in need of a place to stay and are facing any accommodation issues shall receive free accommodations on the display of their identification cards,” the hospitality company said in a statement. 

 

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Earlier the chain had provided rooms in its properties across the United States, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Nepal as well. Moreover, following all the safety protocols, the hotel chain has also made wearing of gloves and masks compulsory, and ensured that the food is served in disposable trays, and minimal contact with guests is maintained. 

Frontliners of the medical community can book select OYO Townhouse hotels via our OYO app or the OYO website to get their reservation for the shortlisted OYO hotels. By producing a valid identification highlighting the hospital or clinic affiliation, these OYO Hotels will cover all the costs of accommodation of the medical professionals. All guidelines with respect to health and hygiene as prescribed by the WHO and India’s Ministry of Health are being followed at these selected hotels. The staff of the hotel is also taking the utmost precaution to ensure that due sanitisation happens round the clock,” the statement stated. 

 

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The aforesaid measures have been taken by the hotel chain as a part of their recently announced initiatives – ‘Donate A Night’ and ‘Book A Night for Self-Isolation’While the former allows OYO users to donate one night to medical professionals, cops and migrant workers, the latter supports those that have been advised to self-isolateMoreover, it has also joined hands with Apollo Hospitals as a part of Apollo’s ‘Project Stay I’ (Stay Isolated), to provide rooms to suspected coronavirus patients who need to be in self-quarantine   

Lauding the move, OYO Founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal tweeted, “Feeling privileged to be able to support healthcare and other frontline personnel across the world. Also grateful to everyone who made generous contributions for our #DonateANight campaign. Let’s work together & keep the momentum alive to defeat COVID-19.” Last month, Agarwal had also garnered praises from Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, for offering free stays to doctors and nurses at the hotel’s property in the United States 

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