Airbnb halts bookings in UK

From today, UK Airbnb bookings will be restricted to key workers and other essential stays only, the site has announced.

The platform will temporarily block all calendars from receiving new bookings for stays up to at least 18 April, unless they are for key workers or other types of essential stays.

Airbnb hosts have previously been accused of “irresponsible and dangerous behaviour” by the tourism minister, Nigel Huddleston, for advertising properties in Britain as “Covid-19 retreats”.

Emergency coronavirus laws state holiday accommodation should only be provided to key workers needing to self-isolate.