Airbnb warns Texas about restrictions, even as state reopens amid COVID-19


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Airbnb warns Texas about restrictions, even as state reopens amid COVID-19

Although Texas has been slowly reopening in phases throughout May, Airbnb is warning hosts in the Lone Star State not to allow parties or events during a month that traditionally comes with graduations and Memorial Day festivities. 

 

The company stated in a release this week that it is not allowing any type of parties in Texas until further notice as Gov. Greg Abbott “made it clear” that social distancing remains in effect. Airbnb added that it will be cooperating with city police departments to enforce the new policy.

 

 

Airbnb has also temporarily disabled the “event-friendly” search filter, which guests can usually use to seek out venues for parties and gatherings. Before the pandemic, Airbnb empowered its hosts to set “House Rules” on events and parties that are appropriate for their communities. However, the company stated that times are different as the public’s health comes first.

 

Airbnb is also enforcing the “no parities” policy in other cities that mandate social distancing, such as Seattle. 

 

The online marketplace stated it will revaluate the policy as government and health authorities relax mandates and guidance pertaining to social distancing. 

 

“The safety of our hosts and guests is our priority, and we thank them for their understanding during this challenging time,” Airbnb concluded.  

For the latest information on Airbnb’s COVID-19 response, visit airbnb.com/covid19.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | priscilla.aguirre@express-news.net | @CillaAguirre 

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