Airbnb to extend global holiday ban through summer

Airbnb implemented a global holiday ban in August 2020 due to the pandemic. Travel is returning to many places as vaccination rates rise, but the company is not ready to lift restrictions.

Airbnb will extend its global holiday ban until the end of summer 2021, at a minimum. He said in an announcement that he hoped to continue to “cultivate safe and responsible travel.” The company has previously said it will implement certain booking restrictions over the weekend of July 4 to discourage bookings from people looking to throw a party. Although at this point he has not announced any changes to his party restrictions.

When the ban was initiated, the company said it “would remain in effect indefinitely until further notice.” The continued ban is in part due to persistent public health concerns around the world. However, CEO Brian Chesky recently added, “We want to be great community actors all over the world.”

In addition to stating the policy, Airbnb has removed the “event friendly” filter in the site search, as well as the “allowed parties and events” option in house rules.

Guests under 25 will not be able to book entire homes in their area under specific circumstances in the US, Canada, UK, France and Spain. In the United States, any user without a history of positive reviews will not be able to make a one-night reservation on the weekend of July 4, as previously announced.

It’s all part of the company’s efforts to curb large gatherings as the pandemic continues in many places, despite growing numbers of people being vaccinated and opening up travel between many countries.

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