LOS ANGELES - Marriott International is donating $10 million worth of free rooms to heroes working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
The initiative is called Rooms for First Responders.
Many Americans have canceled or put their travel plans on hold amid the coronavirus crisis, leaving 80 percent of hotel rooms vacant nationwide.
Marriott was able to offer complimentary hotel stays for healthcare professionals in hot spots including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago and Washington, D.C., in partnership with the American College of American Physicians and Emergency Nurses Association.
Marriott’s credit card partners, American Express and JPMorgan Chase also joined Marriott’s effort.
Many healthcare workers are unable to return to their homes to prevent possibly exposing their loved ones.
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The hotel chain will also donate supplies, such as wipes, cleaning supplies, gloves, shower caps and cooked, pre-packaged meals.
They will also offer discounted rates to first responders, another newly launched imitative called the Community Caregiver Program.
The offer is available to healthcare professionals through the end of May.