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Airbnb bans one-night Halloween weekend reservations to prevent house parties

Posted October 30, 2020 12:12 p.m. EDT
Updated October 30, 2020 12:20 p.m. EDT

Airbnb announced on Friday it will prevent people from renting homes for one night this weekend in order to stop Halloween parties.

"The great majority of guests are respectful of our hosts’ homes and neighbors, and we understand that this initiative will disrupt many one-night reservations that might not have led to parties," a press release from the company said.

Parties with more than 16 people are banned in all listings to limit the spread of coronavirus, according to the company.

Airbnb announced on Friday that it would be taking legal action against any guest who hosts an house party and violates Airbnb's rules.

Guests who have made a reservation for more than two days this weekend will have to "attest that they understand that they may be subject to removal from Airbnb or legal action if they violate Airbnb’s rules on parties."

Duke Health experts said they were concerned teenagers and young adults will hold gatherings and parties that will spread the coronavirus.

Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke Health, said that there is a way to have a Halloween party but to do it safely.

Anyone who has been exposed to coronavirus shouldn’t hold or attend social gatherings with others. They must quarantine for 14 days after being exposed, according health experts, because they likely wouldn't know if they are carrying the virus without symptoms.