So far airbnb has very scant guidance on questions a host should ask a guest prior to allowing a booking to proceed during the outbreak. The guidance the do have is dated from April 16 2020 and it located in "Our Continued Commitment to Inclusion" https://www.airbnb.co.uk/resources/hosting-homes/a/our-continued-commitment-to-inclusion-154
"For hosts, we suggest sending all guests this message before confirming a booking:
“In the interest of the health and safety of all my guests, I’m asking everyone to answer the following questions before they book:
This is WAY outdated and needs to be brought up to speed to reflect the current situation with travel restrictions easing up in various parts of the world and within the USA. As an example, the first question is not even applicable today: every area/country/state has been impacted by Covid 19.
There are many helpful COVID 19 resources that airbnb is providing guidance on e.g. as cleaning guidelines, but there is NO updated guidance on what up front guest information needs to be ascertained prior to a host accepting a booking.
I have come up with some questions but they may be too exhaustive or intrusive or not specific enough! I would appreciate some feedback or if anyone has any specific questions they are putting to guests now.
In the interest of the health and safety of all my guests, owners and staff, and with the dynamic situation, I’m asking everyone to answer these questions before they book:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you, or your travel companion (s) live? How impacted is the country, area or state you are travelling from? The status of the outbreak varies by location and state.
In the last 2 weeks, have you, or your travel companion (s), been diagnosed with, or suspect that you have contracted, or been tested for COVID-19?
Do you, or your travel companion (s), currently have any travel restrictions in your country, area or state due to COVID-19?
What is the reason for your visit? During your visit will you, or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
@Marina1328 Asking guests to tell you if they are a health risk, no matter how you state it, is about as useful as asking guests if their dog is well-behaved. If they are determined on coming, they will say whatever they think you want to hear.
And as anyone can be infected, contagious, and asymptomatic, even honest answers to those kinds of questions are pretty pointless.
I agree general guidelines for hosting are useful and there are significant differences between hosting in ones own home (ie sharing a space) or supplying accommodation that does not involve interaction with hosts or agents. I like Marina1328's suggestions about a brief screen. I recently declined a booking when a guest was coming from an area with current covid infection but accepted a booking from another guest after checking that guest's understanding of managing covid risk. I agree with posts who say guests may not disclose and there are the ongoing issues of community minded behaviour vs privacy. My elderly Mum in residential aged care was put into iso bc a family member breached returning quarantine and close contacts visited her. Mum tested negative but when I asked if the family members got tested it sounded like she thought it was a private matter. Anyway as I open up bookings again (Australia) I am screening because transmissability and virus behaviour is still an unknown. I also know the health issues of my covid bubble mates and susceptible family members. Interesting times trying to decide.