Claridge’s opens its doors to NHS staff

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UK: On 3 April, the five-star hotel in Mayfair will offer free accommodation to an initial 40 NHS workers, with dinner and breakfast provided.

More than 500 doctors, nursers, and other key workers will be housed in rooms that usually start from £650 a night.

The announcement comes just two days after the hotel shut its doors for the first time in its 200-year history.

Paddy McKillen, co-owner of the Maybourne Group, which runs the hotel, said: “Just as it has in the past world wars, Claridge’s has a duty to step up and support the people of London. Teams from all our hotels have volunteered to help and support the dedicated NHS workers at this critical time. We are forever in their debt.”

Kitchen staff from the group’s other hotels, the Connaught and the Berkeley, are preparing meals for the NHS staff, delivered by the Helpforce charity.

London is currently the epicentre of the UK’s battle against COVID-19. 

Almost 200 hotels have made more than 20,000 beds available for vital workers, following a call from trade body UKHospitality (UKH). 

UKH chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said: “Housing key workers in hotels that are otherwise sitting empty will, we hope, ease the strain on those services battling to tackle the spread of the coronavirus. It could also help save hotels at very real risk of going out of business and keep people in work at a time when many people’s jobs are at risk.”

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