San Francisco. The short-term rental platform Airbnb announced this Thursday a global ban on holding parties in their rentals to ensure that the social distancing measures necessary to combat the pandemic.
In an entry on its official blog, the San Francisco (California) company explained that “for the sake of public health” banned from now on all parties and events in your rentals, and the maximum number of guests is limited to 16.
“Guests will be informed and made aware that if they do not respect this new policy, Airbnb may take legal action against them”, they pointed from the company.
Despite the fact that a large number of the houses that appear on Airbnb already prohibited the celebration of parties (73%, according to the platform), since the beginning of the pandemic the news appeared in the press in various parts of the world of large concentrations of people in residences rented through this portal.
At the end of July, the company suspended about 35 properties in 25 cities in New Jersey where mass parties had been organized or prepared in full advance of the pandemic.
In November of last year, five people died and several more were injured in a shooting that occurred during a Halloween party with more than a hundred attendees that was held in a house rented through Airbnb in the town of Orinda, California. ).
This Thursday’s announcement comes just one day after the firm announces that it has confidentially submitted the necessary documentation for an IPO to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Airbnb’s IPO had been rumored for a long time and last April its CEO, Brian Chesky, said in an interview that the company was preparing the process when the pandemic hit, with a great impact on international tourism, and forced postpone plans.