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This company lets you book a room for an hour during the coronavirus pandemic

Want to get away from your home office? Rent a room through Globe

A patio garden view shows a seven-story modern modular apartment building called the Stack, on either side of a decades-old residence, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in the Innwood neighborhood of New York. The Stack’s 28 apartments were formed from 59 modules of rectangular components all 12.5 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet long. It�s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
A patio garden view shows a seven-story modern modular apartment building called the Stack, on either side of a decades-old residence, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in the Innwood neighborhood of New York. The Stack’s 28 apartments were formed from 59 modules of rectangular components all 12.5 feet wide and 50 to 60 feet long. It�s billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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A new app allows you to rent out a room by the hour during the coronavirus pandemic, giving people a chance to avoid their roommates or new colleagues in their home office.

The app — called Globe — is “a daytime, by-the-hour version of Airbnb,” according to The New York Times. The app simply allows people to rent out a room or an apartment for a few hours. You can’t stay overnight. But you can have the place to yourself for the work day.

Interested parties need to send a photo with a thermometer showing no fever in order to get a room. Safety, of course, remains important for those using the app.

“At a time when people are hanging on to the fringe of their sanity because we are not meant to be cooped up like this, we give people a reprieve,” founder Emmanuel Bamfo told The New York Times.

One user, Brittney Gwynn, rented a room to get a break from her boyfriend. She found a place in Brooklyn to rent for $100 for two hours.

“I brought my anti-bacterial wipes, wiped down the desk, the doorknob, the light switch, any area of the apartment I was in,” Gwynn told The New York Times.

Globe first rose to popularity back in 2019. It immediately had criticisms from people that those who want a reprieve from their home might head to a coffee shop.

But founder Bamfo said he appreciated the challenge, according to TechCrunch. And he doesn’t see his company as an Airbnb knock-off, either.

Airbnb, he told TechCrunch, is “a travel company. We’re localized, with the ability to charge on a minute-by-minute basis. It’s a huge engineering undertaking and, for now, it’s part of our moat, too.”