NHS staff given hotel food and rooms
Claridge’s in London is providing the comforts while hospital staff lead the Covid-19 fight.
The hospitality industry has taken an enormous hit during the Covid-19 outbreak as government rules have forcibly closed restaurants and prevented people from travelling to take breaks in hotels. As a result, thousands of employees have been left without work, and buildings have been left empty and unused.
In order to utilise both of those incredible resources, Claridge’s – a hotel in the Mayfair area of London – is providing NHS workers at the nearby St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington with rooms and meals as they toil tirelessly to treat victims of the Coronavirus.
The hotel will be allocating rooms to up to forty members of hospital staff to ensure that they are able to reside in comfort and security only a short distance away from their place of work. Plus, luxury accommodation and fancy cuisine are only two of the ways the hotel is assisting health workers.
It will also be rolling out packed lunches to over 500 NHS employees and community support teams every day, enabling the hard-working staff to enjoy a decent meal during their lengthy working hours. The five-star hotel has already donated stocks of its soaps, shampoos and toothbrushes to worthwhile causes.
The Claridge’s staff who will be providing this service to the NHS are all volunteering to do so – and now the chain that owns the hotel (Maybourne Group) hopes to extend the initiative to its locations at the Berkeley and the Connaught, which are also based in London.
When normality eventually returns at some currently unknown point in the future, perhaps the businesses that stepped up to the plate during the crisis will be the ones that also reap people’s post-lockdown generosity.