The scare of coronavirus has led many people to self-quarantine themselves at home. Not going out to office, or meet friends, just stay at home till this whole pandemic gets under control. 

However, unfortunately even in such a tense situation, some people led by fear and panic are trying to evacuate people they believe to have coronavirus, or even the brave medical professionals, etc. 

Recently, the national carrier, Air India (AI), released a press release begging and pleading for residents to be more empathetic towards the crew and staff. Apparently many flying crew members of AI were being forced to vacate their houses since people of the society thought they could have the coronavirus just because they have recently been on rescue missions, bringing back stranded Indians from all over the world. 

Along with this many medical professionals and such have also been forced out of their houses due to the same baseless fears. 

The shortage of hospital space is any way a growing concern, so in the midst of all this, some Indian hotels have stepped forward to offer free room or food to people that are in need. 

#1. The Lalit

Today it was reported by the Delhi health department that doctors treating coronavirus patients at LNJP and GBP hospitals will now be given free rooms and boarding at Delhi’s 5 star hotel, The Lalit Hotel. 

The order, release on 29th March 2020, said that “it has been decided that doctors working on COVID-19 duty at LNJP Hospital and GB Pant Hospital would be provided accommodation at Hotel Lalit and the payment of the same shall be borne by the Delhi government.”

Around 100 rooms would be prepared for the doctors at the hotel located on Barakhamba Road. This is being done to limit the chances of doctors, who are selflessly putting themselves in danger to treat patients, passing the infection on to their families or nearby people. 


#2. Mahindra & Mahindra

Anand Gopal Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, in a series of tweets on March 22nd, talked about how his company and its affiliated businesses would be helping out in this time of crisis. 

He said that:

In the tweets, he mentioned how his Club Mahindra Holidays’ resorts would be converted into temporary care facilities to combat the rising strain that our medical infrastructure is experiencing currently. 

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#3. Taj Hotels

On 26th March, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai tweeted about how they were collaborating with Taj Caterers from the luxury hotel chain Taj Hotels. 

Taj Hotels, Mumbai has joined hands with BMC to provide free of cost food to patients, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals currently at Mumbai’s government hospitals.

The meals will include a salad, dal (pulses), sabzi (vegetables), rice along with a bread bun, nuts and a square of Amul butter. 

#4. UP Govt

Along with Delhi, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government is also taking measures to convert four and five star hotels into lodgings for doctors and medical staff who are fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. 

The authorities have chosen four five-star hotels, the Hyatt Regency, Lemon Tree, The Piccadily and Fairfield by Marriott. These hotels will now be turned into quarantine zones for the medical staff that is coming in daily contact with coronavirus patients and thus could be carrying the virus themselves. 

Not just doctors but nurses and paramedic staff working on these cases will be accommodated at these hotels after completing their shift at the hospital, instead of them going back home. 

While Fairfield by Marriott will house staff of Ram Manohar Lohia Institute, Piccadily and Lemon Tree hotels will get the SGPGI staff. 

Apart from these, other hotels around the area have also been informed to prepare for similar conditions if required. Along with Lucknow, other regions in UP have similarly given notice to their local hotels, government accommodations and guest houses to get their affairs in order.

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Sources: Livemint, The Hindu, The Economic Times

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