If you haven’t seen it yet, AirBnB released a press release on their upcoming cleaning protocol. The protocol itself is to be released in May.
From the press release:
The host Cleaning Protocol will include specific information on COVID-19 prevention, such as the use of personal protective equipment, like masks and gloves for hosts or their cleaners, as well as disinfectants that are approved by regulatory authorities. A CDC recommended 24 hour wait period before entering is also required, as a precaution to address the possibility of particles that may remain airborne for a few hours. The protocol will be available to all hosts and we encourage them to commit and adopt these enhanced cleaning practices. Listings enrolled in the Cleaning Protocol will be available for stays immediately after the enhanced cleaning is performed.
If hosts are unable to commit to our Cleaning Protocol, they can alternatively opt into a new feature called Booking Buffer, to create a vacancy period between stays. Hosts can commit to keeping their home empty for a set period in between stays, with no activity other than cleaning. Reservations will be automatically blocked during that time frame, currently set at 72 hours.
I know many hosts were asking for guidelines from the company. Does this give you peace of mind? Is anyone who is currently closed feeling more confident to open up your listing?
I’m finding the messaging unclear. Do we wait 24 hours before entering the unit, clean, and then wait another 24 before allowing guests to enter? Hopefully the guidelines released in May will be clearer.
I’m not sure how we’re supposed to get PPE given health care providers are unable to get these items and should take priority. I think AirBnB probably means something more “loose” than the CDC definition, which includes gowns, goggles, and face shields. Probably just a cloth mask and gloves.