Airbnb made a decision in August last year to ban private parties in spaces booked through Airbnb. He has now extended it until the end of the summer of 2021. This ban applies to all future bookings on Airbnb and will remain in effect until further notice.
With COVID-19 restrictions starting to diminish in regions like the US and the UK, travel is returning, which will benefit Airbnb hosts and the communities in which we operate. During this exciting transition, we continue our work trying to nurture a safe and responsible journey through our platform.
As they point out from Airbnb, this rule has proven to be popular in their host community - the vast majority of whom have already banned entertainment in their own house rules.
At the time of the policy change in August 2020, COVID-19 cases were on the rise and vaccines had not yet been approved. As we said then and believe today, this indefinite ban was in the best interests of public health.
As our CEO Brian Chesky recently said regarding the entertainment ban: “We want to be really good community players all over the world."
Over the past few weeks, we have heard members of our community seeking clarification on whether the ban will remain in place, especially from community members in regions that are gradually reopening, Chesky adds.
"We are announcing an extension of the ban at least until the end of summer 2021, and as we were quite clear and direct, we will not tolerate behavior that disrupts the neighborhood or violates the trust of the host community. At the end of the summer of 2021, we will provide another update on the future of politics”Concludes Chesky.
As part of the ban, Airbnb has also taken steps within the platform to promote responsible behavior, such as removing the "event-appropriate" search filter and removing "allowed parties and events" house rules from the list. These features will also remain inaccessible at least until the end of the summer of 2021.