New York – The exclusive Four Seasons Hotel in New York, closed right now by the coronavirus, is going to provide free accommodation for doctors, nurses and other health professionals who fight the disease in the city.
This was announced by the governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who through Twitter trusted that other hotels follow this example and offer their rooms.
The five-star Four Seasons is located in one of the most expensive areas of Manhattan, on 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, within walking distance of Central Park and surrounded by many of the most exclusive stores in the Big Apple. .
Typically, the price of their rooms exceeds $ 1,200 per night.
The Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street will provide FREE lodging to doctors, nurses & medical personnel currently working to respond to the # COVID19 pandemic.Thank you @FourSeasons. The first of many hotels we hope will make their rooms available.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2020
Due to the advance of COVID-19, the hotel closed on March 20 and for now it does not admit reservations for new guests until April 15.
“Our healthcare workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis,” Ty Warner, the founder and chairman of the Four Seasons’ owning group, said in a statement to several local media outlets.
Many of them, Warner recalled, have to make long trips to their homes after 18-hour shifts.
“They need a place close to work where they can rest. I heard Governor Cuomo’s call for action during one of his press conferences and we had no choice but to do everything possible to help,” said the businessman.
The state and especially New York City have become the great epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, with more than 30,000 confirmed cases and at least 285 deaths.
Of the positives, 3,805 (12%) are hospitalized and of them 888 (3%) in intensive care (ICU), figures that as the outbreak progresses are expected to collapse the health system in the area, which has led the authorities to mobilize to try to improve their preparedness.