Airbnb says it'll 'crack down' on New Year’s Eve parties

Airbnb customers who don’t have a positive review history will be subject to restrictions

With the COVID-19 pandemic not quite over yet, Airbnb is doing its part to make sure its customers have a safe New Year’s Eve.

The short-term vacation rental booking company announced it will extend its party ban to 2022 with a few new restrictions – all in the name of public health and safety.

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"We’re introducing new products and policies to crack down on disruptive NYE parties," Airbnb wrote in a news release Tuesday. "The anchor of this plan is a ban on one-night NYE bookings in entire home listings for guests without a history of positive reviews."

With the COVID-19 pandemic not quite over yet, Airbnb is doing its part to make sure its customers have a safe New Year’s Eve. (iStock)

Customers who try to book a New Year’s Eve reservation in the U.S. (Puerto Rico included), Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and the U.K. will be subject to Airbnb’s two new booking requirements.

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Guests who do not have a positive review history on Airbnb will be prohibited from making one-night reservations for entire homes. 

When New Year’s Eve gets closer, Airbnb said it will "deploy more stringent restrictions on two-night reservations" in order to curb partying, which could include blocks for last-minute bookings in certain areas. Though, again, this restriction will only apply to customers who don’t have a positive review history with the travel site.

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According to Airbnb, the New Year’s Eve restrictions are being put in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (iStock)

Last year, Airbnb applied similar methods to prevent one-night partiers and the company said approximately 243,000 customers encountered these policies around the globe.

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According to Airbnb, the New Year’s Eve restrictions are being put in place due to the ongoing pandemic and a desire to limit disruptions for Airbnb hosts and local neighborhoods.