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Steps taken by hospitality sector in the Corona Pandemic

Updated: Jul 31, 2020

In the wake of an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases all across India, various hospitals, and hotel chains have extended their support in order to control this global pandemic.

Healthcare major Apollo Hospitals has launched 'Project Stay I' with 500 rooms in select hotels across the country in the first phase with light medical supervision for quarantine. This effort is aimed at creating isolation and quarantine facilities and reducing the burden on hospitals providing acute care. Joining hands with partners including HUL, SBI, and OYO, Apollo Hospitals plans to scale this capacity to up to 5,000 rooms where patients can stay in isolation.

Max Healthcare has offered to convert at least one of their facilities in large metros into COVID-only hospitals to prevent “cohorting” of Covid-19 patients and other patients.

Hotel chains across the country are rallying resources to support local authorities, medical teams, and those in need of basics such as food and medicine. In some cases, companies are even taking hotel supplies and using them for personal protection.

About 45,000 hotel rooms across the country belonging to chains such as ITC, Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), The Lalit, Lemon Tree, Radisson Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and many others have been set aside for quarantining suspect patients, asymptomatic travelers or for accommodating medical staff battling the Covid-19 outbreak. They are also offering rooms free of charge to the medical fraternity.

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, is driving on-ground assistance in a bid to help flatten the curve of the spread of the virus and support local government.


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