Please quit your paternalistic and bullying ‘one size fits all’ policies. There are many locations in the world with little or no community COVID infections, so to coerce hosts (by threatening blocking of calendar and bookings) into complying with a global policy is both unrealistic and unfair.
There are no other booking platforms doing this! Hosts are able to comply with local regulations and requirements and do not need this heavy-handedness from you. I have been a Superhost, with a perfect record on cleanliness, for 7 years straight, and am insulted and offended by your approach. Talk about ‘biting the hand‘ ... we are now planning to prioritise other booking platforms.
I would think that any listing that is acive will require commitment to the cleaning process, because Airbnb has no idea when you will open your calendar. Just your word is not sufficient. Also, what do you mean by relevant period?
Your question did have me wonder what the process is for snoozed listings. Are those hosrs required to opt-in? Are they even looking at their dashboards to see the notifications? When they unsnooze the listing, will there be a systematic prompt to agree to the cleaning process?
@Debra300 By "relevant period" I mean "for however long circumstances make it seem necessary to use enhanced cleaning protocol."
If Airbnb wants to opting-in mandatory for unsnoozing a listing or accepting a booking, that's one thing. But the wording suggests that it's mandatory for having a host account in general, not just for receiving guests. The wording in Airbnb's notice threatens to do several different things, but if it's going to be a fixed deadline it needs to come with some clarity about what exact action they are going to take against hosts who don't submit to this degree of micromanagement.
I personally don't want to decide whether I'll commit to letting a third party dictate my cleaning routine until I'm ready to actually resume hosting.
I've done exactly the same thing- left my listing visible, but blocked dates for the foreseeable future. I did sign up, because as you say, it wasn't clear anywhere whether they would just block my whole calendar and for how long, if I didn't sign up by the ultimatum date. Also the cleaning protocol in its latest version doesn't seem that onerous to me- living in the tropics with all the bugs and dust means I have to clean super thoroughly anyway and always have. Whether I carry the freshly washed laundry with gloves on or just-washed hands isn't something that affects health and safety and who would know anyway?
But I hear you about considering whether to accept letting a booking platform dictate exactly how we clean. I just figured by the time I feel it's safe to open my home-share to bookings, they'll have either done away with all those cleaning directives, or modified them to something less rigorous.
@Sarah977 Exactly. If you're an in-home host, you still have to keep the common areas clean, so the protocol also dictates how you manage your own living space during the guests' stay. I agree with @Liz4022 's objections over chemical disinfectants, as I use non-toxic solutions whenever possible and refuse to have a binding agreement with Airbnb to use potentially irritant chemicals that are no more effective than regular hand-washing.
Yes, Airbnb would cancel your reservations, and delist you. They would hope then that you'd come on forums like this to complain about what happened to you, and it be a warning that would scare other hosts who had also not signed up into compliance.
I have been a super host for several years and have a 5 star rating. It currently takes me 4 and a half hours to clean after every stay. These regulations would make the cleaning a 10 hour job, minimum. I simply can't believe that anyone would want to pay the cleaning fee that would be required to accommodate these regulations. It is my understanding that the current science is showing that Covid is not transmitted by touching surfaces, but through breathing in droplets as infected persons are speaking, singing, yelling, etc. This is so overboard, it defies belief.
The current science doesn't say that Covid isn't transmitted by touching surfaces. It says the possibility of transmission by surfaces is low compared to airborne transmission. And that is because there would have to be a specific set of circumstances for surface transmission. First, the surface would have to have active virus droplets on it, there would have to be enough viral load to infect anyone else, and the person who touched it next would have to then touch their mouth, nose or eyes or spread it onto other surfaces before thoroughly washing their hands.
So there would be much less likelihood of transferring the virus from a surface in your home that someone who was infected had merely breathed on, than there would be from touching a railing on a public bus that hundreds of people had touched, for instance, or from someone who was infected shouting in your face, but that doesn't mean it would be impossible to contract COVID from a surface.
At least according to what is presently known, but new findings about this virus come out daily.
However, I do think much of Airbnb's cleaning protocol is over the top and pointless, like putting on gloves to carry clean linens, when washing your hands with soap first would be just as safe.
My feeling is that everyone should do what they think is right, because everyone has a different view on the situation. I have friends who are immune compromised. They have had Lyme disease and have lots of fraility issues. They believe they should stay home and be safe. That is correct for them. For others, getting out and hiking in the fresh air is the thing to do. I applaud everyone for their individual choice. Let's not have big brother step in and decide for us what our best option is.
@Sarah977 Yes, this!
Realistically, we could cut the caseload down far more by minimizing unnecessary travel than by using more bleach. But less leisure tourism means less money for Airbnb, so they're trying to shift the narrative to their own benefit by making it about cleaning practices.
It's a bit like pretending the wildfire crisis is all about forestry management.
Yep totally agree. In Aus we have limited travel already. Are Airbnb really going to ‘cut off their nose’ by de-listing Superhosts that don’t comply, and losing that income? Unlikely I’d say ...