The company will begin to require that rentals remain vacant for 24 hours between departure and the start of a new reservation. The new requirement is based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to “address the possibility of particles that may remain in the air for a few hours.”
It offers advice on how to clean rooms and the types of disinfectants to use. The program is not mandatory for hosts to follow, but Airbnb said it encourages hosts to “commit to and adopt these improved cleaning practices”. Customers will soon be able to identify the hosts obliged by the program to find the platform’s search results.
Hotel bookings have dropped dramatically and occupancy rates have dropped to 23.4% of rooms in the United States in service for the week ending April 18, according to recent data from the analytics company. hotelier STR. Airbnb is a private company, so it does not make reservation figures public.
Travel has been particularly affected by the virus and has forced several companies to deploy new cleaning procedures.