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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Nguyen

Hosting Your Airbnb for COVID-19 Frontline Responders

Under a new partnership with SEIU Healthcare, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky will be contributing $500,000 USD to offer free stays to COVID-19 frontline workers in the GTA.

“We are in constant awe of the dedication and resilience of frontline responders who risk their health and lives to protect and care for our communities,” Chesky wrote in a statement.

“Hosts across Canada have opened their doors and offered places to stay for frontline responders, we’re grateful for their generosity and commitment to help. We’re also thankful for the leadership of SEIU Healthcare and Greater Toronto Area mayors - who were instrumental in working with us to help fill this important need.”

For Airbnb hosts interested in offering their place to frontline workers, these are the highlights of the program:

  • Airbnb fees are waived for these stays to support responders and the hosts

  • COVID-19 responders will be reviewed by Airbnb or a partner organization

  • A cleaning checklist for hosts and guests to follow

  • Listing must be an entire unit that’s not shared with other people

As frontline responders have higher exposure to COVID-19, Airbnb requires hosts to take additional preventative measures and to follow enhanced cleaning standards.With guidance from leading experts in hospitality and medical hygiene, Airbnb is launching an Enhanced Cleaning Initiative to support the community.

You can read the full details on how to host and support frontline responders here.


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