An agreement has been found between the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, Ile-de-France collectivities and Accor hotel group president to house covid-19 sick in hotels in Ile-de-France.
Invited on Franceinter this April 16th, Accor hotel group president Sébastien Bazin said several of his hotels were willing to welcome, starting Thursday evening, people infected by coronavirus, “asymptomatic or weak carriers” but contagious.
“With the APHP we launched three weeks ago a booking platform for the medical staff, abused women and many other people. There were 25,000 people in 20 days in Accor group hotels. We’re going further: last night the APHP has decided, with the local collectivities, especially Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis authorities, to launch three pilots on Ile-de-France. They asked us if we could make hotels available starting tonight for people infected by the virus and asymptomatic but contagious. The only condition was that the owners of the hotels agree. We called some owners and today, we already have over 300 hotels who said yes and willing to help the medical field”.
Of course, health measures are implemented. “Health measures are made harsher, before, during and after since these hotels are expected to reopen and welcome clients. I don’t want them to be scared to go to a hotel that was used for those in need. We know how to do it; we only have to learn from what has been made in other countries” he said.