Apr 6, 2020

Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with 'Covid-19 retreats'

Airbnb hosts advertising properties as coronavirus hideouts are "Dangerous and irresponsible", the government says. Only one Airbnb host contacted by BBC News said their rental was available solely to keyworkers. One Airbnb host told BBC News they had received no clear instructions from the platform to say they were not allowed to take reservations. "But earlier this month it released a statement saying:"We announced a platform where hosts on Airbnb are offering NHS and other front-line medical staff free places to stay and Airbnb will waive all fees associated with the stays. "We are in regular discussions with the government about travel restrictions during the lockdown period and have introduced measures and guidance for both hosts and guests."

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