Airbnb to restrict New Year's Eve bookings in Nashville in effort to prevent parties

Posted at 3:01 PM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 16:01:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Airbnb will be placing new restrictions on New Year's Eve bookings in an effort to prevent parties in the rental homes.

The company said guests who do not have a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will not be able to book a one-night reservation for entire home listings on December 31. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Airbnb banned all parties globally and "party houses" to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

"As the world grapples with another COVID-19 wave, today we are announcing our plan to strengthen our hosts’ protection against unauthorized house parties and large gatherings over New Year’s Eve," the company said. "This approach will be anchored by a two-night minimum in entire home listings for guests without a history of positive reviews in parts of North America, Western Europe and Australia."

Airbnb said bookings for one night on New Year's Eve that have already been made will not be canceled, adding that historically bookings made this early rarely lead to unauthorized parties.

More than 100 listings in Nashville were recently removed or suspended due to complaints or policy violations.

Airbnb said it will also place more restrictions on one and two-night reservations that may have a higher risk for parties.

"We believe this plan will help prevent large gatherings while supporting the type of safe, responsible travel that benefits guests, hosts and the neighborhoods they call home," the company said.