Greek Airbnb hosts can now enroll their listings in the platform’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, a comprehensive program with standardized guidelines for cleaning and sanitization for homes and educational materials to support safer travel in the post-Covid-19 era.
The program, now available in 50 countries and regions, allows hosts to adopt new standards and offer “Enhanced Clean” listings to guests who are allowed to travel and are looking for extra cleaning assurances.
Airbnb has also shared new expert-backed health and safety guidelines on mask-wearing and social distancing, which are especially important for private room hosts. Hosts– including those that share private rooms– who complete a quiz and attest to the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol receive a special highlight on their listing to let guests know they have committed to the Protocol’s enhanced cleaning and sanitization routine.
Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Protocol was developed in coordination with former Surgeon General of the United States Vivek Murthy and informed by guidance from the US and European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hosts in these countries and regions can access the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol materials in their local language through the Resource Center, including a Quick Start Guide and Cleaning Handbook with guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, how to clean every room in a home, what to sanitize, and what supplies to have on hand.
In addition to cleaning guidelines, hosts need to comply with guidance from governments or health authorities in their local jurisdictions.
According to a company announcement, in the past month, Airbnb hosts have embraced the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol to help provide a better experience for guests. Given the positive feedback and adoption of the protocol, the secondary option of creating automatic 72-hour Booking Buffers will be deactivated starting in August 2020. Hosts who still want to create and offer a set vacancy period between stays can do so manually and describe this offering in their listing descriptions.
Airbnb’s program is expected to expand in the coming weeks to more places.
The program is currently available in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay.