Given the type of celebrations the month of May usually brings, Airbnb has issued a warning to those in Cleveland who may be looking to throw unauthorized parties that violate Ohio's order against mass gatherings.
While the online lodging marketplace previously announced that it will no longer allow rental hosts to authorize parties and events, Airbnb now says it will ban any user of the app who attempts to host such events. Additionally, Airbnb says that it will be "cooperating with Cleveland Police in any investigations relating to parties and violations of public health mandates, consistent with our Terms of Service."
Airbnb is reinforcing its new policy by temporarily disabling its "event-friendly" search filter. "Parties and events allowed" has also been removed from the House Rules of any Cleveland listings that formerly authorized parties. In December, Airbnb banned "open invite listings" at Airbnb accommodations in what it referred to as a "House Party Ban."
Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Airbnb says it has focused its efforts on providing places to stay for frontline responders.
Airbnb's latest policies and information regarding its coronavirus (COVID-19) response can be found on its official website.