The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered many professions, including frontline healthcare workers and to accommodate these life-saving professionals, Airbnb has pledged to provide “free or subsidized housing” for 100,000 workers. This follows the brand's previous announcement that all guests canceling trips in fear of COVID-19 would not be charged.
The new accommodations will allow hosts on the platform to "opt-in" to make their spaces available without the traditional fees Airbnb would impose and would apply to individuals working with The International Rescue Committee, the Red Cross, and the International Medical Corps — among other non-profit groups. It is worth noting, that the protocols around cleanliness and hygiene have been increased to keep guests safe aligned with guidance from leading national health authorities.
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