Airbnb on 2021 Halloween weekend will enforce anti-party restrictions

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Vacation rental platform Airbnb will enforce its ban on one-night home rentals during Halloween weekend this year in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The platform implemented the same ban on Halloween in 2020 and enforced similar measures on New Year's Eve and July 4 of this year with the exception of users with excellent reviews, according to a Tuesday blog post.

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"We estimate that our efforts resulted in a drop in incidents such as unauthorized parties by over 49[%] for Halloween and over 51[%] for New Year’s Eve," Airbnb said in the blog post. "As a result, this coming Halloween we’ll again institute restrictions on one- and two-night stays in the U.S. and Canada for entire home listings while also utilizing our other robust party prevention systems."

Close-up of a woman using the Airbnb App on her Lenovo A916 Android smartphone in a car. (iStock)

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky banned "party houses" at Airbnb rentals in 2019, as well as "open-invite" parties at apartments and condo listings on the platform, which may cause damage to properties and disruptions among neighbors. 

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Users with "a history of positive reviews" will not be blocked from one-night reservations for entire homes.

Guests looking to book an entire home for two nights must check a box indicating that they are aware of Airbnb's anti-party rules, first announced in August 2020, which ban parties hosted at Airbnb properties globally and cap occupancy at 16 people at larger homes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Users may be subject to legal action if they do not comply, the blog post states.

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