Airbnb welcomes medical workers, hotels offer alternative to Thai government quarantine

Some of Bangkok’s legions of Airbnb hosts left out by the lack of travelers may get a boost, if they’re willing to take a little risk.

The Department of Health announced this morning that hundreds of Airbnb listings are now available for medical staff and village health volunteers, while a number of hotels are now available for travelers who do not wish. not spend two weeks on government sites.

There are now more than 800 Airbnb homes available for health workers, the ministry said, 200 of which are free.

This is part of Airbnb’s Frontline Stays project, which launched in late April to connect hosts with nearby medical staff to reduce their travel and the risk of bringing COVID-19 home to their families.

Medical workers should stay between five and 30 days and practice safe social distancing. Hosts must close rooms for three days between guests for cleaning.

Frontline stays are now available in Bangkok and 13 provinces including Chonburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Krabi and Phuket.

Airbnb activity has collapsed around the world since April due to the evaporation of travel in the heat of the global coronavirus pandemic.

In Thailand, a nighttime curfew and mandatory quarantine for travelers remain in place as part of emergency measures.

Hotels that have partnered with hospitals are now an option for people under quarantine, including those returning from foreign countries, the ministry said.

Airbnb ads could also be future quarantine options when measures are relaxed further, according to the COVID-19 clearinghouse.

Fixed: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Airbnb ads are also used as alternative quarantine sites. It was based on misleading information released by the COVID-19 Information Center on Monday morning. who confused the two projects. Airbnb’s Frontline Stays project and hotel quarantine programs are actually unrelated.

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