Airbnb blocks some overnight reservations for NYE Arizona

PHOENIX – Online vacation rental distributor Airbnb is enacting New Year’s Eve restrictions in a bid to prevent big house parties and fight the spread of the coronavirus in Arizona and across the country.

For entire house bookings that include New Years Eve, a two-night minimum will be required for guests without a history of positive reviews, according to a statement released by the company. website.

Centers for Disease Control said the highest risk of the coronavirus spreading occurs during large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for people to stay 6 feet from each other.

Airbnb’s New Years policy marks a slightly different approach than Halloween, when the company banned all overnight accommodation listings regardless of reviews.

Airbnb says it embraced the change after listening to feedback from the host community.

Overnight bookings already booked will be validated, as company data has shown that overnight bookings made in advance very rarely lead to unauthorized parties, according to the website.

Each guest must certify that they won’t throw an unauthorized party, and the company says it can take legal action against those who don’t follow the policy.

The New Years Eve policy builds on the company’s earlier institution of a worldwide holiday ban, limiting an occupancy cap of 16 people in announcements.

Besides the United States, the New Years policy also applies to announcements in the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Australia, France and Spain.

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