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Sorry, bennies: Airbnb extends party ban through summer

Sorry, bennies: COVID-19 restrictions might be easing state and nationwide, but you still can’t throw any bangers at your Airbnb rental until summer’s over.

Airbnb extended its global ban on parties, which it instituted last August, through at least the end of the summer.

“At the time of the August 2020 policy change, COVID-19 cases were spiking, and vaccines were not yet approved. As we said then and still believe now, this indefinite ban was in the best interest of public health. While the public health concerns were paramount, other important factors motivated our implementation of the party ban,” the May 27 announcement said.
The ban extension comes in response to an uptick in inquiries from regions where gathering bans are being lifted.

“We are announcing the extension of the ban through at least the end of summer 2021 to provide them with that clarity, as well as to be as direct as possible that we will not tolerate behavior that disrupts neighborhoods or violates the trust of our Host community,” the announcement said.

To promote the ban, Airbnb removed its “event-friendly” search filter and any “parties and events allowed” House Rules in listings. It also created a Neighborhood Support Line, which provides a forum for neighbors to report issues or concerns directly to Airbnb regarding disruptive parties.

Another update will be provided at the end of summer.

Gabrielle Saulsbery
Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.