Airbnb prohibiting one-night reservations over Halloween weekend

Airbnb has announced that they are prohibiting one-night reservations over Halloween weekend for all home listings throughout the United States and Canada.

They say it’s due to concern over another increase in coronavirus cases.

The company also plans to increase safety measures to stop any large gatherings during the holiday weekend.

This comes after 17 listings throughout San Diego County were suspended or removed for violating safety guidelines.

Southern CA Policy Manager at Airbnb, John Choi, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss San Diego’s short-term vacation rentals and efforts to stop parties and large gatherings.

Airbnb issued the following statement after the San Diego Planning Commission voted to send a proposed short-term rental ordinance back to staff for additional feedback:

“Short-term rentals are an important economic driver in San Diego’s local economy, so we appreciate the Planning Commission’s recommendation that the city take its time to address some of the key concerns raised by our host community, including an increase in the cap on permits,” said John Choi, Airbnb’s Senior Public Policy Manager. “Airbnb supports fair and equitable short-term regulations and we believe this proposal is close. We look forward to working with Councilwoman Campbell and the broader community to ensure we preserve this critical source of income for hosts and small businesses across the city at a time when they need the income more than ever to overcome the impacts of the pandemic.”

 

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