Airbnb enforces anti-party restrictions for Halloween 2021

Airbnb will block all overnight bookings for entire homes in the United States and Canada for Halloween 2021 in an effort to stop the holidays that could serve as spread events for COVID-19, the company said.

The rental company introduced its “anti-party” restrictions this past Halloween to curb the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the summer vacation traditionally associated with what the company calls “party-type behavior.”

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Airbnb has implemented a ban on parties on New Years and July 4 weekends. Users with a history of positive reviews from guest comments have been given an exception to the ban.

Since the introduction of the holiday ban last year, Airbnb has seen a 49% drop in unauthorized parties for Halloween and a drop of more than 51% for New Years Eve. As a result, Airbnb will institute at new restrictions on entire stays of one or two nights in the United States and Canada, the company said.

During Halloween weekend 2021, guests without a history of positive Airbnb reviews will be banned from making overnight reservations for entire homes.

Airbnb’s current community standards prohibit customers from “creating a nuisance that disrupts the surrounding neighborhood.” Gatherings of 16 or more people and disruptive parties and events are prohibited when renting a property. The party ban was implemented in 2019 and subsequently extended to ban “open by invitation” parties and large disruptive gatherings in apartments and condominiums.

During Halloween weekend 2021, guests without a history of positive Airbnb reviews will be banned from making overnight reservations for entire homes.

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As the holidays approach, the company will roll out increased restrictions by blocking some local and last-minute bookings from customers without a history of positive reviews. The company also said it will block bookings at an expanded radius.

Travelers who have already received positive reviews on Airbnb will not be subject to these restrictions. Customers who make one- or two-night bookings will be required to agree to Airbnb’s party ban rules and may be subject to legal action if the rules are violated.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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