On the occasion of Independence Day, OYO Hotels & Homes pledges to continue to support the quarantine, self-isolation and accommodation requirements of front-line workers and corporates under the ‘OYO Care’ initiative. The hospitality chain has partnered with 24+ State Ministries as well as local authorities to offer some of its properties for pay per use quarantine, self-isolation facilities at affordable prices to minimise the possibility of infection and maximise social distancing and hygiene.
As part of the outreach, OYO is in touch with 50+ government and private hospitals to provide accommodation support to medical first responders at affordable prices. The efforts are in line with the advisories by WHO for doctor and paramedical staff treating COVID-19 patients to be isolated after their routine duty. The company has already provided 100K room nights as part of ‘OYO Care’ initiative in the past four months. The hospitals which have been supported by OYO include – Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Sakra Hospital. OYO LIFE, the co-living business of the company, is also offering long-term stay to the nurses and healthcare professionals through tie-ups with multiple hospitals. The company has also provided last-mile accommodation support to 500+ corporates including Ericsson, L&T, Omega Healthcare in July itself.
Commenting on the development, Rohit Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, India & South Asia, OYO said, “This Independence Day, I would like to laud the combined efforts of the government, India Inc and the citizens of the country who have contributed in the fight against the virus. We, at OYO pledge to continue supporting the nation with our resources, in every way possible, especially our frontline workers. Despite the uncertainty and restrictions as a result of COVID-19, it amazes me to share how the teams at OYO have come together, brainstormed and refocused our energies to help as many people as possible. Be it through our outreach to state governments, diplomatic missions, corporates and NGOs by offering self-isolation and quarantine facilities, or even free stays to first responders at select OYO Townhouse as part of our ‘OYO Care’ initiative – we are are doing our best to fight this pandemic together. We are extremely grateful to our asset partners who have joined hands with us to cater to the growing needs of healthcare and the frontline workforce and are committed to providing a safe and comfortable stay to all our guests.”
Commenting on the services offered by OYO, Bhawna Chauhan, Nursing officer from Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital said, “We have set-up isolation wards in the hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. The doctors, nurses and paramedical staff deployed in the isolation wards are given accommodation at OYO tie-up hotels for self-isolation. The hospitality chain is providing us with food and taking care of all our day-to-day requirements making sure of a stress-free living experience during these challenging times. We are thankful for OYO to come forward to support us so that we could focus on caring for our patients without worrying about anything else.”
OYO’s asset owner, Mangesh, OYO Hotel Champion Inn, Bangalore said, “We are very grateful and thankful for OYO to generate demand and serve quarantine guests. The company helped us in securing relevant permissions. We’re witnessing an increase in demand even during this tough time. OYO along with the hospitals helped us to prepare and follow SOPs laid out to serve the guests. We applied thermal testing, deep cleaning techniques, wearing protective gear including masks, PPE Kits and used disposable cutlery to serve the guests in a safe and hygienic environment.”
OYO Hotels & Homes and its asset partners are working hard to deliver a safe, secure, and comfortable experience for its guests. OYO has also facilitated accommodation support to international tourists, repatriated Indians as part of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ and engaged with multiple foreign embassies and diplomatic missions in India. The company is committed to adapt and retool with a new operating model focussed around safety & hygiene as part of its ‘Sanitised Stays’ initiative.