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Airbnb will add IMSS medical and support staff

May 18, 2020

The platform announced that it will reimburse hosts who offer their accommodation free of charge up to 1,200 pesos per reservation.

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Airbnb will add IMSS medical and support staff
Airbnb will add IMSS medical and support staff


Airbnb announced that it will expand its medical and emergency support program in Mexico in collaboration with the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to provide free housing to its employees during the Covid 19 crisis.

The program “Accommodation for emergency personnel” It was activated in Mexico on April 22nd and allows hosts to offer their places free of charge or at a reduced price to medical and auxiliary staff. To reduce the cleaning costs of the hosts, the platform announced that it would reimburse hosts offering accommodation free of charge up to 1,200 pesos per reservation.

To fund these stays, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky made a personal contribution of nearly 6 million pesos to support this program in Mexico. This post is used to work with Mexican hosts to provide shelter to emergency personnel through the Airbnb platform.

“We are always amazed at the commitment and resilience of medical professionals and health workers who risk their health and lives every day to protect and care for our communities,” said Brian Chesky, co-founder, CEO, and community leader Airbnb.

“Hosts from all over Mexico have opened their doors and offered accommodation for rescue workers. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and commitment to help. We are also very grateful for the cooperation with the Mexican Red Cross, the Mexican Institute for Social Security and the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico City, who have worked with us to meet this important need. “

Mexican medical personnel have requested reservations for nearly 2,500 nights since program activation. “Mexico’s health workers now need accommodation more than ever. The third phase is barely days away from implementation, so the following weeks are especially important in large cities like Mexico City. We hope that IMSS and Mexican Red Cross staff can feel comfortable near their hospitals without endangering their family’s health, ”said Ángel Terral, Airbnb director for Mexico and Central America.

Image: Airbnb México

CDMX Tourism Minister Carlos MacKinlay said: “Thanks to this joint initiative by Airbnb, the IMSS and the government of Mexico City, efforts are being made in the country’s capital to benefit all heroic health workers who do their best in the battle against Covid- 19 there to fight this pandemic. “

The shelter for doctors and helpers who are increasingly exposed to Covid-19 requires that the hosts have agreed to take additional preventive measures and to comply with improved cleanliness standards. Since the beginning of the crisis, Airbnb has worked with medical hygiene experts to develop advanced cleaning standards. We are announcing the Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which includes protocols for cleaning and disinfecting shared accommodation and will enter into force in Mexico in the coming weeks.

New and existing hosts interested in supporting medical and emergency personnel can register here. Members with a specific need can enter more information here and sign up for support. If you’re a Covid-19 employee, start here. And anyone who cannot open their house but wants to help can donate to finance even more stays.