By Oisin Sweeney • 03 December 2020 • 21:32
AIRBNB has announced a new crackdown on unauthorised New Year’s Eve parties this year in an effort to prevent breaches of Covid restrictions.
A statement released by the short-term letting agency announced that they would be banning users without a history of positive reviews from making one-night bookings in several countries including Spain, the UK, and France.
They said this was introduced as an effort to curb ‘unauthorized house parties‘ and ‘to protect public health during the pandemic’. Airbnb will allow already booked short term stays to go ahead as ‘our data has historically shown that one-night New Year’s Eve bookings made prior to now rarely lead to unauthorized parties’.
The company added that users with a positive review history will not be subjected to these new rules, and promised the company would ‘leverage our technology’ to crackdown on parties on December 31st. They said they ‘are providing guidance to hosts on how to further reduce the likelihood of unauthorized parties, including updating and proactively communicating their house rules to guests’.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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