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Airbnb extends 'global party ban' through end of summer 2021

The company says British Columbians could get banned from its platform for breaking the rules.
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On June 3, Airbnb said it is extending its global party ban to the end of summer 2021. Canadians under 25 will also be unable to book entire homes. Photo: People partying / Getty Images

Planning on throwing a raging party at an Airbnb this summer?

Think again...again. 

Airbnb has announced that it is extending its global ban on parties through at least the end of summer 2021. 

In the summer of 2020, the vacation rental company announced that it was banning all parties and events at all of its listings around the world, until further notice. The company also put a cap on occupancy at 16. 

And while COVID-19 travel restrictions are easing in countries around the world, Airbnb says it will continue to "work to try to cultivate safe and responsible travel through our platform." As a result, the party ban will be extended through the summer

Airbnb global party ban

As part of the ban, the company took measures within its platform to promote responsible behaviour such as removing the “event-friendly” search filter and removing any “parties and events allowed” House Rules in listings. Those features will also remain inaccessible through at least the end of summer 2021.

Numerous systems that help to prevent unauthorized parties will also be continued, such as the Neighborhood Support Line, which provides a forum for neighbours to report issues or concerns directly to Airbnb regarding disruptive parties. An initiative in the US, Canada, UK, France and Spain that restricts guests under the age of 25 from booking entire home listings in their local area under certain circumstances will also be continued. 

Airbnb also wants to make clear that  "those violating Airbnb's rules or British Columbia's public health rules risk suspensions or bans from its platform."

At the end of summer 2021, Airbnb will provide another update on the future of the policy.