Four Seasons on 'Billionaire's Row' to house medical workers responding to NYC's coronavirus outbreak: 'I heard Cuomo’s call to action'

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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street on Manhattan's "Billionaire's Row" is doing its part in the city's battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The company that owns the five-star property, Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts, announced on Wednesday that medical professionals -- including nurses, doctors and other medical personnel -- who are helping with the city's response to the potentially-deadly virus will be housed in the hotel for free. 

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"Our health care workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis," Ty Warner, the founder and chairman of Ty Warner Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement.

He added, "Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days. They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate. I heard Governor 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."

The move has been well-received by the medical community. 

Pat Kane, RN, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association, said the group "thanks Ty Warner and the Four Seasons New York for stepping up for the nurses – it means a lot to see people helping first responders who are working day and night during this worldwide pandemic."

The hotel announced last week that it was temporarily closing to guests.

"Out of an abundance of caution related to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we will temporarily close on Friday, March 20, 2020 and will not be taking new reservations until April 15, 2020," read a tweet. "We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding during this time."