Airbnb suspends host who turned down couple because they were vaccinated

An Airbnb super-hostess has been suspended by the platform after refusing to host an Australian couple. The reason? Both travelers were vaccinated. The owner of the rental, located in South East Australia, made arguments based on false information, specifies Newsweek.

Steve Carey and his partner had only received the first dose of one of the anti-Covid vaccines when they were looking to book a stay in the Victoria area. But, after their Airbnb host asked them if they had been vaccinated, she told them she couldn’t accept them, giving them a totally false reason. According to her, the vaccine would cause the transmission of Covid-19 to unvaccinated people.

“I do not accept anyone who has been vaccinated because of the reports of side effects, she told Steve Carey. It also spreads to unvaccinated people and makes them sick. I’m afraid it’s far too experimental at this point, and I have to protect my other tenants. I am very sorry for this inconvenience. ” The couple reported the incident to Airbnb, but a support staff member told them that hosts could refuse guests based on their immunization status, as no rules in the company’s terms and conditions prohibit it. .

A somewhat late reaction

However, a few days later, Airbnb announced that it had investigated this matter and suspended the hostess, indique The Guardian. “Having completed our investigation into this matter, we suspended the ad in questionsaid Derek Nolan, Airbnb’s public relations manager in Australia. It is important that everyone closely follows the official health instructions of the local authorities, as we all continue to act to fight against Covid-19. ”

Steve Carey has finally found alternative accommodation for his vacation. Although he is happy to see that Airbnb has taken the matter seriously and put in place measures to correct the incident, the Australian, from Melbourne, is disappointed that the rental company has taken action. only after a press investigation. “My complaint never concerned the Airbnb host, who believed she was acting within the guidelines, or rather the lack of guidelines, provided by Airbnb, he explained. Now that Airbnb has clarified the matter, she can decide for herself if she wants to join. ”

This is not the first time the company has taken action against hosts for refusing vaccinated tenants. In May, Airbnb withdrew the listing for a chalet in Montana whose owner had “Promoted disinformation on the Covid, in violation of our content policy”. In particular, the company prohibits hosts from posting content that “Encourages guests to ignore applicable health advisories”. The owner of the chalet had indicated on his advertisement that he “Limited the chalet to only customers not vaccinated against the Covid”.

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