Faster than a Bleary-Eyed Bro Can Blurt out, “come on, man, we’re just trying to have some fun,” Airbnb has prohibited one-night reservations over Halloween weekend in entire home listings throughout the country, including here in Texas.
The home-sharing platform is taking serious efforts to put the kibosh on any potential super-spreader events that could contribute to another wave of the pandemic, including any ghoulish ragers. Its public health efforts since the onset of the pandemic include bringing legal action against certain unauthorized partiers and a global party ban, among others.
Here's how Airbnb has targeted parties specifically in Texas:
- Since launching a manual screening feature that flags high-risk reservations in 2019, the company says it’s canceled more than 500 reservations in our state (among 9,000 across the country and in Canada).
- And its new restrictions on guests under 25—neither upstanding nor keg-standing youths can now book entire-home listings locally—combined with restrictions on very last-minute bookings have reportedly redirected nearly 40,000 guests in Texas to book hotel rooms or private-rooms instead.
- The company recently took action to suspend or remove over 80 listings in Texas that received complaints or violated their party policies as well.
Read more about Airbnb's crackdown on parties here.