Airbnb blocks, cancels some reservations to stop your Halloween party before it starts

Planning a Halloween getaway at an Airbnb property? Time to change your plans.

The short-term rental service now prohibits guests from booking one-night stays at entire homes on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 in the U.S. and Canada in an attempt to stop parties and aid public health efforts against mass gatherings out of concern they may spread coronavirus.

Parties have been a problem for the short-term rental company for some time, before and during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the latest in a series of recent actions the company has taken to curb parties at its rentals. In August, Airbnb announced a global ban on parties and events at its listings, with an occupancy cap of 16 people worldwide. Weeks later, it rolled out an initiative in the U.S., Canada and Australia that blocks guests from booking homes on short notice in cities where they live.

Guests who already booked reservations that fit that criteria will havetheir stays canceled. However, they will be reimbursed directly by Airbnb,which ensures hosts won’t lose any money in the process. 

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