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Oyo in talks with Delhi govt to offer quarantine rooms

The Delhi government had last week asked hotels in Aero City, near the city’s international airport, to manage and accommodate incoming travellers who were asymptomatic of Covid-19 but required to be isolated as a precautionary measure.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2020, 07.47 AM IST
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Delhi government’s spokesperson also confirmed that the budget hotel chain had reached out.
NEW DELHI: Oyo Hotels & Homes is in talks to partner with the Delhi government to offer its 1,000-plus hotels in the state for self-quarantine amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also holding discussions with other state governments for the same.

Under the terms of the proposed partnership, the SoftBank-backed hospitality chain will allow people to use its hotels as self-quarantine or isolation facilities on a pay-peruse basis. A proposal to subsidise user costs is also being discussed.

When contacted, an Oyo spokesperson confirmed that the company had reached out to the health departments of various state governments but did not provide specifics of any potential partnerships. “We have made an earnest outreach to health departments of all state governments to understand how we can leverage our network of hotels for providing pay-per-use or self-quarantine facilities for travellers, as advised by any state, central government authorities at a reasonable and affordable price,” the spokesperson said in an email.

Delhi government’s spokesperson also confirmed that the budget hotel chain had reached out. “Currently, quarantine facilities in Delhi are not completely occupied. The company (Oyo) has reached out to us, and we have requested them to be on standby, in the event of the state government requiring additional facilities,” Shaleen Mitra, officer-on-special-duty for the state’s health ministry and private secretary to Delhi Health Minster Satyendar Jain, told ET.

The company is currently in talks with state governments in India. The Delhi government had last week asked hotels in Aero City, near the city’s international airport, to manage and accommodate incoming travellers who were asymptomatic of Covid-19 but required to be isolated as a precautionary measure. French multinational hospitality chain Accor’s Ibis hotel and Lemon Tree Premier and Red Fox — both owned by Lemon Tree Hotels — are already being used for quarantine purposes.

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