New York City has quickly become the epicenter of the coronavirus. That means medical personnel are working overtime to take care of the influx of patients leaving little room for downtime. But one luxury hotel is hoping to provide a bit of solace for those on the front line.
The Four Seasons Hotel New York, just revealed that they will be offering their five-star accommodations to doctors and nurses fighting the COVID-19 infection, free of charge.
"Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days," Ty Warner, the chairman of the company that owns the Four Seasons, said in a statement. "They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate. I heard Governor Cuomo's call to action during one of his press conferences, and there was no other option for us, but do whatever we could to help."
It hasn't been revealed precisely which hospitals this offer will benefit. Still, the Midtown property on Billionaire's Row is within blocks of several medical facilities like Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Bellevue. And the exact details of the arrangement haven't been released. But medical personnel are already appreciative of the offer.
"It means a lot to see people helping first responders who are working day and night during this worldwide pandemic," said Pat Kane, the executive director of the New York State Nurses Association.
This announcement comes after the luxury hotel had to close its doors temporarily last Friday due to the spread of the virus and is not accepting any new reservations until April 15.
The Four Seasons is just one of the many New York businesses answering Governor Cuomo's call to action. Fashion designer Chrisitan Siriano revealed his team had been hard at work, creating thousands of medical masks for hospital workers.