Early last week, Airbnb announced a new Health Safety Attestation program that will allow hosts to request information from guests stating whether or not they currently possess COVID-19 symptoms, or were recently exposed to the virus. As travelers are growing keener on stays in which cleanliness has been prioritized, this voluntary tool will help hosts assure the safety of their guests.
*Screenshot taken from Airbnb
During the first phase of the tool's implementation, only symptoms and recent-exposure questions will be asked on the attestation. The information will be requested during the time of the booking, but if the guest's status changes leading up to the check-in, it is advised that they notify the host as soon as possible.
The program, developed with close direction from the CDC and the World Health Organization, is currently on a voluntary basis for the host to use but may become a requirement by certain governments in the future. Although the tool hasn't officially rolled out yet, the US is one of the first countries that will have access once it is ready to be tested.
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