• By Paul Lagan

Chelsea open hotel doors for free to NHS staff during the pandemic's Second Wave


Stamford Bridge from the air Photo: Chelsea FC
Stamford Bridge from the air Photo: Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC are once again providing free accommodation at the hotel on the Stamford Bridge site, to support NHS workers during this latest, aggressive phase of the pandemic.

The club provided the same facilities for key workers in the area during the first lockdown early last year.

The club said: "Club owner Roman Abramovich will again be covering the costs of providing the accommodation, which includes bed and breakfast, in the Copthorne Hotel. A similar initiative was rolled out last March in response to the first coronavirus outbreak in London.

"Many of the medical staff will be working long hours and may not be able to travel home or would have to make long commutes at a time when the virus is so transmissible. The rooms will be initially available until the next government review in mid-February.

"Millennium Hotels and Resorts, who manage the hotel, are supportive and assisting the club in providing this service to the NHS."