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Airbnb says it'll 'crack down' on New Year's Eve parties

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We’re introducing new products and policies to crack down on disruptive NYE parties," Airbnb wrote in a news release Tuesday. "The anchor of this plan is a ban on one-night NYE bookings in entire home listings for guests without a history of positive reviews."

Customers who try to book a New Year’s Eve reservation in the U.S. (Puerto Rico included), Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and the U.K. will be subject to Airbnb’s two new booking requirements.


Guests who do not have a positive review history on Airbnb will be prohibited from making one-night reservations for entire homes. 

When New Year's Eve gets closer, Airbnb said it will "deploy more stringent restrictions on two-night reservations" in order to curb partying, which could include blocks for last-minute bookings in certain areas. Though, again, this restriction will only apply to customers who don’t have a positive review history with the travel site.

Last year, Airbnb applied similar methods to prevent one-night partiers and the company said approximately 243,000 customers encountered these policies around the globe.

According to Airbnb, the New Year's Eve restrictions are being put in place due to the ongoing pandemic and a desire to limit disruptions for Airbnb hosts and local neighborhoods.

Airbnb notified its users about its latest New Year's Eve protocol in November 2021. Since then, the new COVID-19 omicron variant has emerged and has overtaken the COVID-19 delta variant in the U.S., according to data published by the CDC.

The national health agency’s most recent COVID Data Tracker update shows that omicron has made up 73.2% of new coronavirus cases while delta has made up 26.6% (week ending Dec. 18).

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard reports that there have been more than 280.5 million people diagnosed with coronavirus since the pandemic’s start. Over 5.4 million people have died from complications associated with the respiratory virus.

The CDC recommends vaccinations, mask wear, frequent handwashing and social distancing as the global pandemic continues.


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I look forward to having my ow air bnb property hopefully one day soon but my biggest concern is how rowdy and wild guests can get. Its not like you can really vet your guests. You just hope they are decent enough to respect the furniture, interior etc. Like the article says, I would just never have a guest with bad reviews I guess. It doesnt help that they could have covid as well now but definitely just get your guests to submit a negative covid test that is at least done within 3 days of arriving I would say

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I have an airbnb. I pay someone off Task Rabbit to clean it for me in between guest visits. I made sure she had good reviews and that she uses antibacterial sprays and wipes on anything that can be accessed or touched. I also ask guests for negative test results before booking now. It hasnt hurt my business like I thought it would. By now its pretty much the standard to do anything. 😷 


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