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Amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases in states like California, Texas and Arizona, large gatherings for Independence Day weekend are largely out; most cities have canceled fireworks displays, and big in-person gatherings continue to be high-risk activities based on Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
In addition to updating its extenuating circumstances policy, Airbnb is taking steps to make sure you won’t be reading about out-of-control “party houses” and COVID outbreaks next week.
In a release published Friday, the short-term rental company announced it was restricting some U.S. users under the age of 25 from booking homes near where they live. The restrictions read as follows:
- U.S. guests under the age of 25 with less than three positive reviews are not able to book entire home listings that are close to where they live. These guests can still book any type of listing outside their local area.
- All guests under the age of 25 are still free to book private rooms and hotel rooms through Airbnb, regardless of where they live.
- Most importantly, younger guests with at least three positive reviews and no negative reviews on Airbnb are not subject to this restriction, and they’re welcome to continue to book entire home listings in their local area.
Airbnb said the changes should impact only a small amount of bookings overall, but it launched a similar initiative earlier this year in Canada.
The CDC discourages non-essential travel in communities where COVID is spreading, and California continues to have statewide stay-at-home orders. Additionally, states once at the forefront of COVID outbreak, like New York, are requiring travelers from states like California, Florida and Texas, to self-quarantine for 14 days following travel.
Read the full CDC and local guidelines to travel as safely as possible, and when in doubt, stay home.
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