Because there have been too many "What coronavirus?" parties at properties rented through its service, Airbnb is banning house parties worldwide.
Airbnb has also filed preliminary paperwork for public stock offering, which is rather a bold move in 2020.
The company is trying to clean up its reputation and comply with coronavirus-related limits on gatherings during the pandemic, reports the Associated Press:
The San Francisco home sharing company will limit occupancy in its rental homes to 16 people. It may offer exceptions for boutique hotels or other event venues.
Airbnb said it may pursue legal action against guests and hosts who violate the ban. Last week, for the first time, Airbnb took legal action against a guest who held an unauthorized party in Sacramento County, California.
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