Airbnb offers free rentals for some NY nurses on front lines of COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 12:06:15-04

NEW YORK — Help is on the way for some New York nurses concerned about exposing their families to COVID-19.

Airbnb announced Tuesday a partnership with the New York State Nurses Association to provide free places to stay to union members on the front lines of the pandemic. The partnership, part of Airbnb’s Frontline stays initiative to support hospital workers and first responders, will focus on serving nurses on Long Island and Staten Island.

"Nurses and other front-line health care workers are fighting COVID-19 with everything we've got,” said NYSNA executive director Pat Kane. “Protecting our families sometimes means keeping our distance, and thanks to programs like Frontline stays we're able to take care of our families as well as our patients.”

The Frontline stays initiative allows Airbnb hosts to open their homes to first responders and hospital workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its launch, hosts have offered more than 200,000 spaces in the United States and abroad, including over 2,000 in New York City.

A $2 million donation from Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky will help cover the cost of providing the accommodations for free.

The company has also implemented a new cleaning protocol that includes a 24-hour waiting period between bookings to better protect against the spread of the virus.

Front-line workers who want to sign up for the program can fill out a form to be reviewed by Airbnb. For more information, click here.