Airbnb bans overnight rentals on July 4 as a COVID-19 precaution; Indy 500 unassigned rentals

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INDIANAPOLIS – As the journey returns, Airbnb says it continues to take measures to limit exposure to COVID-19. One step could affect people wishing to book in Indianapolis over the July 4th weekend.

Airbnb, which allows people to rent their homes as a vacation rental, announced what they call “the summer of responsible travel.” This means that, for those looking to reserve a spot and those looking to register their spot, the company has banned overnight rentals for the July 4th weekend.

The aim is to avoid overnight bookings that would host July 4 parties, bringing together a mass gathering of people in one home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“One thing that seems to stay consistent based on public health guidelines is that people should avoid mass gatherings, especially mass parties, and that’s something we’re going to continue to take a very hard line on. “said Ben Breit with Airbnb Trust Communications.

This is a nationwide company effort for the July 4th bank holiday weekend. But no similar ban is in place for the Indy 500 weekend, where up to 135,000 fans are allowed to attend the race.

“What we’ve found historically in places like Indy that have this mega event once a year, I think a parallel could also be Louisville with the Kentucky Derby, towns like that where the hosts kind of know what they have to do, they do it every year, they understand what kind of guests they want to have over a period like this, they have rules in place, ”said Breit.“ I think traditionally , we saw some pretty good behavior in Indy over the Indy 500 weekend. “

The ban on booking a night for the July 4th weekend has a few exceptions, including for guests with a documented history of positive reviews.

Click here to learn more about Airbnb’s Summer of Responsible Travel initiative.

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