Airbnb made the decision in order to help stop parties and to protect public health. More than 200,000 people have died in the US from Covid-19, and thousands of new cases are still being reported. Johns Hopkins University reported 10,407 new cases and 236 deaths today.
“The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties,” the company said in a release.
“This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in.”
The company is significantly expanding the radius of their technology that restricts certain local and last-minute bookings by guests that don’t have a history of positive reviews on the platform, and Airbnb plans to remind guests that have reservations between October 28 and November 1 that parties are not allowed.