Airbnb is now making its “Enhanced Cleaning Protocol”
available to hosts in 50 countries and regions – up from just 12 that were part
of the launch in mid-June.
The program provides educational materials and guidelines
for the cleaning and sanitization of homes based on information from the U.S.
and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a former surgeon
general of the United States.
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Airbnb has also added guidelines about
mask-wearing and social distancing.
The company says it is working with a cleaning and hygiene
technology company, Diversey, which has endorsed the protocol and is developing
more solutions for the future.
Hosts - including those that share private rooms - who
complete a quiz and attest to the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol receive a special
highlight on their listing to let guests know they have committed to the
Airbnb says since it is seeing wide adoption of the protocol
by hosts, beginning in August it will deactivate the ability to automatically
create a 72-hour buffer between bookings.
Hosts that still want to have a vacancy
period between bookings will have to do so manually.