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.”

the the company also announced On Monday, a new cleaning protocol for hosts, establishing the “first global standardized protocol for cleaning and disinfection” in the home-sharing industry, according to Airbnb.

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.

Airbnb has already published a “Cleaning checklist” for hosts who have detailed basic cleaning requirements after the start of the spread of Covid-19.

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.

Earlier this month, Airbnb announced that it had received a $ 1 billion loan from investors during the pandemic and the slowdown in travel. It also eased cancellation deadlines for guests and created a $ 250 million fund to pay affected hosts. Some of the changes sparked outrage from hosts, who said relief money was not enough to cover losses due to massive cancellations.

Travel has been particularly affected by the virus and has forced several companies to roll out new cleaning procedures.

Airlines, such as Delta (DAL), began to “fog” planes with disinfectants every day and blocked off the middle seats for social distancing. Marriott (TUE) Last week he announced he had started spraying rooms with a “hospital-grade disinfectant” that sanitizes surfaces and rearranges lobby furniture to separate people.

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