Airbnb announces stricter cleaning protocols and more time in between guest check ins

Due to the new protocol established by the CDC, Airbnb has changed its policies for Airbnb hosts. 

According to the Forbes article I read this week, “The CDC recommends a 24-hour wait period before entering a recently-vacated property. Listings enrolled in the new protocol can be available for stays immediately after the enhanced cleaning is performed.

Airbnb hosts who are unable to commit to the new cleaning protocol can alternatively opt to use “Booking Buffer,” a tool that will automatically block reservations for an established period, such as 72 hours, between stays. Cleaning would be the only permissible activity during this period. This option includes the same CDC-recommended 24-hour wait period before entering, and hosts should still observe CDC recommendations and other applicable local guidance.

The concept of longer periods between occupancies was first developed for Airbnb’s “Frontline Stays” project, which offered over 200,000 places to stay for medical workers and first responders around the world”.


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