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Airbnb Bans One-Night Stays During Halloween Weekend
If you’re planning a party during Halloween weekend at an Airbnb, you will have to rethink your plans.
The company has banned one-night reservations in the US and Canada on October 30 and 31 to prevent gatherings and “protect public health” during Halloween.
The announcement comes a year after a shooting left five people dead at a California Halloween party at an Airbnb property in 2019, as Travel Noire previously reported.
“To strengthen our hosts’ protection against parties amid concerns about a second wave of the pandemic, today we’re announcing that we’ll be prohibiting one-night reservations over the Halloween weekend in entire home listings in the United States or Canada,” Airbnb wrote in a statement.
If you booked already, the home-rental service would plan to cancel reservations and offer a full refund to both guests and guests who had a confirmed booking before the ban.
“The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties,” Airbnb officials added. “This action is designed to help protect our hosts and the communities they live in. We will also be introducing additional measures to complement the two-night minimum to […] stop as many large gatherings as possible.”
Airbnb said it plans to restrict local and last-minute bookings by guests without a history of positive reviews during Halloween weekend.
Guests staying in homes between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 will be required to attest that they understand Airbnb’s rules. If the rules are violated, Airbnb said they would be removed from the home and be subjected to legal action.