Airbnb suspends new UK bookings until at least 18 April



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Its director of public policy, Patrick Robinson, said: "Hosts across the UK are playing a vital role in housing NHS and other medical staff as they continue their critical work. We've also heard from hosts who want to help others follow the rules and keep people safe during these unprecedented times.

"Restricting bookings on Airbnb to key workers and other essential stays will allow hosts to continue supporting frontline workers while following government guidance." Earlier this week it emerged the site was listing properties advertised as places to self-isolate. They included a house in Edinburgh described as being "the perfect place to isolate yourself from the coronavirus".

In response, the UK tourism minister, Nigel Huddleston, said it was "incredibly irresponsible and dangerous for some property owners to be marketing themselves as 'isolation retreats"'.


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