August 8, 2022

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Worldwide parties and events are no longer permitted by Airbnb

Following a brief prohibition during the pandemic that was well-received by hosts, Airbnb has permanently outlawed parties and activities at homes in its marketplace.

The business claims that after the regulation’s introduction in August 2020, it has evolved into “far more than a public health measure.”

Supporting our hosts and their neighbours has become a cornerstone of community philosophy, according to the San Francisco-based company.

However, it also lifted a restriction on the number of guests allowed in residences.

The number of complaints regarding parties has decreased by 44% since the policy was originally implemented, according to a statement from Airbnb.

It was stated that in the future, “specialised and traditional hospitality establishments” may be exempt from the global prohibition.

Furthermore, Airbnb stated that it would remove a restriction on the maximum number of guests a listing could host at one time.

It had previously set a 16-person occupancy limit due to worries about the spread of COVID-19.

The company said that “a number of larger residences, including castles in Europe, vineyards in the US, and sizable beachfront villas in the Caribbean, are capable of comfortably and safely housing more than 16 people.”

It stated that by removing the cap, the hosts would still be able to use their properties responsibly and adhere to the city’s ban on noisy gatherings.

In 2019, the business began imposing limitations on gatherings. It outlawed “open-invite” gatherings and what was referred to as “chronic party houses” that bothered the neighbours.

In the best interest of public health, Airbnb instituted a permanent ban on gatherings during the pandemic.

Additionally, more than 6,600 visitors had their access to the site suspended the previous year due to rule violations.

This new and long-term policy was put in place, according to Airbnb, “to help encourage and support neighbourhood safety.”

The statement read, “In the upcoming weeks and months, we look forward to sharing updates on our work to complement our community regulations on parties.”