Airbnb announces a global ban on all parties and events at Airbnb listings, including a cap on occupancy at 16 people to comply with COVID-19 limits on gatherings. Airbnb states that the ban "applies to all future bookings on Airbnb and it will remain in effect indefinitely until further notice."
How will the ban work?
Parties are now prohibited on all future bookings
Occupancy at Airbnb listings will be capped at 16 people. This is primarily relevant to larger homes that we previously allowed to list as able to accommodate 16+ people.
We are currently scoping a potential exception process for specialty and traditional hospitality venues (i.e. boutique hotels)
Guests will be informed about Airbnb’s party rules and informed that they may be legally pursued by Airbnb if they violate our policy. This work is currently being operationalized and will be rolled out in the near future.
Airbnb is working on communicating this new policy across the global community to better support hosts.
For guests who break the rules, there will be steep consequences, including a ban from the Airbnb community and even legal action.
As there can be issues with any group size, the cap of 16 guests is only a step to mitigate any efforts to misuse an Airbnb for a party. The party ban will be enforced on all group sizes and action will be taken if Airbnb receives reports from neighbours.