INDIA: The Novel Coronavirus is an unprecedented phenomenon that has affected our lives, families, near and dear ones, jobs, businesses and practically bringing everything to a halt. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the doctors, nurses and other medical first responders who have been tirelessly working in helping fight the battle against COVID-19 since day one. In efforts to support our selfless caregivers, we at OYO Hotels & Homes are opening the doors to our hotels by offering free stays to doctors, nurses and other medical first responders in India. We have started with select OYO Townhouse hotels in Gurgaon and Bangalore; medical first responders who are in need of a place to stay and are facing any accommodation issues shall receive free accommodations on the display of their identification cards.
Commenting on the development, Ankit Gupta, Chief Operating Officer & SVP – Frontier Businesses, OYO India and South Asia said, “We at OYO are doing everything possible to ensure the well-being of the healthcare professionals who are our frontline against COVID-19 and it is our duty to support them. We have initiated similar efforts in the United States, Malaysia, Thailand & Nepal. We wholeheartedly thank our asset owners as well for their selfless partnership in this decision. Without their support, these initiatives cannot succeed. We will continue to explore every avenue to ensure all possible support for healthcare professionals in India.”
Frontliners of the medical community can book select OYO Townhouse hotels via our OYO app or the OYO website to get their reservation for the shortlisted OYO hotels. By producing a valid identification highlighting the hospital or clinic affiliation, these OYO Hotels will cover all the costs of accommodation of the medical professionals. All guidelines with respect to health and hygiene as prescribed by the WHO and India’s Ministry of Health are being followed at these selected hotels. The staff of the hotel is also taking the utmost precaution to ensure that due sanitisation happens round the clock.
Mr Gyan Parkash Tayal, an asset owner of OYO Townhouse 349 Unitech Cyber Park, Gurgaon, said, “When the OYO team got in touch with us to offer our hotel free of cost to the doctors and nurses in the vicinity, I immediately agreed as this was an opportunity to give back to our true fighters. OYO has been with us in our difficult times so I want to be with them to fight this crisis together. The staff of the hotel is following all relevant health advisories with regards to precautions to be taken in the wake of COVID-19. The staff has been trained to follow standard procedures like wearing masks, gloves and are ensuring minimal touchpoints with guests and other staff. Food is also being served in disposable items to ensure safety and sanitation.”
Mr Nagamal Reddy, another asset owner of OYO Townhouse 106 Airport Road, Bangalore said, “I have been with OYO since 2019 and we have received extensive advisories and regular updates on the recent developments. I have collaborated with OYO to serve our country’s heroes by taking care of their accommodation needs. We are all united in our efforts to fight COVID-19 and provide support to healthcare professionals of the country.”
Following the launch of a similar initiative in our international markets including USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal, we at OYO Hotels & Homes will be providing free accommodation services thanks to our hotel partners in the shortlisted OYO Townhouse properties to doctors, nurses, medical staff who are on the frontlines of India’s medical mobilization.
In addition to this initiative, we recently launched our #FightCovidwithOYO campaign- ‘Donate A Night’; a crowdfunding campaign where users can voluntarily contribute by donating a 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. As part of our ongoing fight against COVID-19, we also joined forces with Apollo Hospitals; Project Stay I (Stay isolated) to develop and support accommodation requirements of suspected COVID-19 patients requiring quarantine or self-isolation.
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and shall continue to keep everyone updated. We are thankful to each and every one of you for keeping faith in us and allowing us to serve you by offering neat, hygienic and sanitized accommodations.