COVID-19 is having a huge impact on the entire hospitality industry worldwide, be it aviation or hospitality, impacting occupancy and sustainability. In these uncertain and difficult times, continuing its fight against coronavirus, OYO, one of the world’s leading hotel chains on Tuesday announced two initiatives- ‘Donate A Night’ and ‘Book A Night for self-isolation’ to support the Government of India in its efforts to break the chain, flatten the curve and maintain the necessary nationwide lockdown. Also Read - Misuse Of Steroids Major Cause Of Mucormycosis, Can Affect Organs, Says AIIMS Chief Randeep Guleria

First responders and medical professionals are working hard and spending long hours at the frontlines to protect citizens from this pandemic. They are also at the maximum risk of being exposed and contracting the virus. Besides first respondents, there are migrants who are stranded with limited access to accommodation owing to the preventive 21-day lockdown. To support such groups and ensure their wellbeing, OYO has gone live with ‘Donate A Night’, a crowd-funding campaign across its platforms including the OYO app. Also Read - Hina Khan Opens Up On Father's Sudden Demise: The More I Think About It, The More It Pains

Through this initiative, users can voluntarily contribute to donate one night’s accommodation for people who need it the most – first responders like doctors, medical staff, emergency services personnel, policemen as well as low-income individuals such as stranded daily wagers or migrants. Also Read - West Bengal Board Exams 2021 For Class 10, 12 Won’t Be Held In June, Revised Schedule Soon

OYO’s second initiative, ‘Book A Night for Self-isolation’ aims to support those individuals who require or are being advised self-isolation. These include domestic and international tourists among others who require safe and hygienic pay-per-use self-quarantine facilities, at affordable prices.

OYO has already opened doors to several properties spread across major hotspots of Mumbai, Gurugram, Pune, Hyderabad and Noida.

The hotel chain will provide preventive and contactless support to individuals; including stay, meals, WiFi connectivity, and proper waste management through local municipal agencies. OYO has formulated certain guidelines to ensure the highest levels of hygiene, health and safety of guests and on-ground employees.

OYO is also working with a broad cross-section of corporates and public and private organisations to ensure that any of their employees impacted by the lockdown are able to avail affordable, accessible accommodation options in certain OYO hotels identified to help those who are stranded.

“This is a difficult time for all of us around the world but it’s also a time to step forward and pull together all our limited resources. While the medical community and essential services professionals are doing their part at the frontlines, it is our responsibility and duty as good corporate citizens to support those who support us. While the entire country is under lockdown in an effort to self-isolate and control the outbreak for the greater good, there are many migrants and international tourists that are struggling to find hygienic and safe accommodation”, said Rohit Kapoor, CEO, OYO Hotels & Homes, India SA on the company’s initiatives to curb the pandemic.

“With Donate A Night and Book A Night, we open doors to our hotels and extend our full support to our frontline heroes, caregivers and symptomatic individuals. We urge each and everyone of our employees, asset partners and consumers to support this cause by donating one night’s accommodation for those who haven’t been able to safely self-isolate”, he added.

PM Narendra Modi on March 24 announced the nationwide lockdown for 21 days. The Government of India released the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines which recognises under point 7, that while hospitality services will be suspended, the following exceptions will be made- Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, sea and aircrew. Also, establishments used/earmarked for quarantine facilities.

(With inputs from ANI)