The SNP has welcomed the decision by Airbnb to ban booking of rentals during the coronavirus lockdown from 9am today.
Ian Blackford MP (pictured), who has led on the campaign, received confirmation from Airbnb this morning that “From 9am today it will not be possible to book a stay on Airbnb in the United Kingdom during the current lockdown period.”
The news follows significant pressure on the company from SNP MP and MSPs, which was still advertising holiday rentals despite the coronavirus lockdown – ignoring clear warnings for the public to avoid travel.
Ian Blackford MP said:
“I am delighted to have secured a ban on holiday rentals from Airbnb, which is welcome news for people in the Highlands and all across Scotland
“People should be following the clear public health advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel.
“An outright ban on holiday bookings should have been the case from the very outset of the lockdown and I sincerely hope that Airbnb has learned lessons from their awful handling of this.
“In light of their decision, it’s now imperative that bookings taken before the ban are cancelled as a matter of urgency to protect our rural communities from the risk of the spread of coronavirus.”