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22/07/2020

Press Release: Free Stays in Short-Term Lets for NHS Worker

Edinburgh’s short-term rental operators have played a key role in supporting frontline NHS staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey has found.

According to the statistics, published by the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, nearly one third of respondents said that they had welcomed NHS staff to stay in their properties at a heavily discounted rate or free of charge during Scotland’s fight against the virus.

Many key workers took the agonising decision to self-isolate away from their family and loved ones in order to protect them.

While the market was closed to tourists, 30 per cent of the city’s short-term let operators opened their doors to health service staff to give them a comfortable and convenient place to stay while carrying out their vital work.

The figure represents the latest positive contribution that the sector, worth £723million to the Scottish economy, has made to the concerted effort to beat COVID-19.

Self-catering was one of the first sectors to voluntarily close down as the country went into lockdown and has also led the way in getting Scotland’s tourism economy back to work by opening back up again on 3 July.

Despite the misinformation and carping from the side-lines that has come from those with a grudge against self-catering, Scottish self-caterers have continued to show that they are an important part of life in Scotland, from supporting NHS staff to working closely with government and others to form effective policy that works for all.

ASSC Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said:

“Edinburgh’s self-caterers, despite being derided by doomsaying and ill-informed voices, have shown that they care about their community.

“That nearly one in three respondents have welcomed our hardworking and dedicated NHS staff into their properties for free at this trying time is a testament to their community spirit, social conscience, and commitment to others.

“Our entire sector joins with the rest of Scotland to say a clear, emphatic, and heartfelt thank you to our NHS and we hope that, once life returns to normal, that we will have the chance to welcome them back for the breaks that they rightly deserve.”

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