The five-star Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan will provide free rooms to doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel amid the CCP virus pandemic which has swept through New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced on March 25.
Cuomo said in a tweet that he hopes the move will encourage other hotels will follow suit and make their rooms available to medical staff as the number of virus cases soared past 30,000 in the state in recent days.
“The Four Seasons Hotel on 57th Street will provide FREE lodging to doctors, nurses, and medical personnel currently working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you @FourSeasons,” Cuomo tweeted. The first of many hotels we hope will make their rooms available.”
According to its website, the luxury hotel, where rooms typically cost anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000 a night, temporarily closed on Friday, March 20 out of “an abundance of caution related to the evolving COVID-19 situation,” and is not taking new bookings until April 15.
The hotel is conveniently located within 30 blocks of several NYC hospitals including Bellevue Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYU Langone, and Mt. Sinai.
Ty Warner, the chairman of the self-named company that owns the hotel, said he offered the hotel to the state after he heard 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.”
“Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days,” Warner said in a statement to NBC New York. “They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate.”
Pat Kane, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, told NBC that “it means a lot to see people helping first responders who are working day and night during this worldwide pandemic,” and thanked Ty Warner and the Four Seasons New York for “stepping up for the nurses,” on behalf of The New York State Nurses Association.
New York has seen an acceleration in cases of CCP virus, with 33,030 confirmed cases and 366 deaths as of March 26, more than half of the total number of confirmed cases in the United States.
Cuomo previously warned that projections show 40 to 80 percent of the state’s population, or as many as 7.8 million people across the state, could become infected with the CCP virus, promoting the governor to sign an executive order last week, shutting down all nonessential businesses across the state, ordering all non-essential workers to stay at home and remain indoors as much as possible, and temporarily banning all non-essential gatherings of any size.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.