We have already reported on hotels looking at making beds available to the NHS for patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Best Western Great Britain, the largest independent hotel group in Britain, has already said it can offer its numerous sites across the UK as temporary hospitals.
There are many other hotels and hotel groups looking to provide similar services and some like the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge are simply supporting the NHS.
NHS hospital staff in West London are to be put up in the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge, a hotel owned by Chelsea football club, to help combat COVID-19 free of charge.
The NHS reacted immediately saying it was “enormously grateful” to the club, going on to say that it would appreciate similar offers of support from other hoteliers. “We’d very much welcome similar offers of support from other hotels. This really does help us keep services running at a time when the NHS is likely to be under enormous pressure.”
Manchester United football legends and hoteliers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have similarly stepped in to help the NHS in Manchester. Neville and Giggs announced they are closing both of their two Manchester hotels temporarily and while closed NHS staff can use their rooms free of charge.
The sports stars hotel business GG Hospitality is closing both Hotel Football at Old Trafford and the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre from this coming Sunday 22nd March, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also vowed not to make any staff redundant or put anyone on unpaid leave during the closure. A vow we applaud loudly.
GG Hospitality said in a statement: “The company is working with its team to put a package in place for all staff members for the months ahead, following which the hope is that things would have returned to normal.
“While health and safety remain the company’s primarily concern the economic situation of each individual team member is also being given utmost priority.”
The fans of both Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as the wider general public have taken to social media enthusiastically applauding the actions taken. We would like to add our applause and thanks to GG Hospitality, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Chelsea, well done all.