Airbnb will force some owners to wait 24 hours between guests
The company will begin to require rentals to remain vacant for 24 hours between departure and the start of a new reservation. The new requirement is based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to “address the possibility that particles may remain suspended in the air for a few hours.”
It offers tips on how to clean parts and the types of disinfectants to use. The schedule isn’t mandatory for hosts to follow, but Airbnb said it encourages hosts to “engage and embrace these improved cleaning practices.” Customers will soon be able to identify which web hosts programmatically require the platform’s search results.
Hotel bookings have fallen dramatically, and occupancy rates have fallen to 23.4% of rooms used in the United States for the week ending April 18, according to recent data from hotel analysis firm STR. Airbnb is a private company, so it does not make booking figures public.
Travel has been particularly affected by the virus and has forced several companies to roll out new cleaning procedures.