San Francisco . The short-term rental platform Airbnb announced this Thursday a global ban on holding parties in its rentals to ensure that the social distancing measures necessary to combat the pandemic are met.
In an entry on its official blog, the San Francisco company (California) explained that "in the interests of public health" all parties and events are prohibited from now on in their 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” , pointed out 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 has appeared in 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 some 35 properties in 25 cities in New Jersey where they had organized or Massive parties were being 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 announced that it has confidentially submitted the necessary documentation for an outing to stock exchange to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Airbnb's IPO had been rumored for a long time and last April its presidency The executive, 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 the plans to be postponed.