The message to Australians this Easter couldn’t be any clearer: stay home. But for those tempted to sneak away to a secluded Airbnb, their plans have now been thwarted.
Under new regulations, Airbnb and other short-stay accommodation options (which some may have been tempted to use as “COVID-19 retreats”) have been declared illegal for holidaying in.
The new rules stipulate that people shouldn’t be staying anywhere other than in their own permanent home and if they defy that order they may be fined or imprisoned.
“The government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has been very clear – stay in your local area, stay in your home. This is NOT the time to travel or visit family and friends,” NSW Minister for Better Regulation Kevin Anderson said.
“Anyone in NSW who leaves their house without a ‘reasonable excuse’ could spend up to six months in prison and face a fine of up to $11,000 under the emergency ministerial directive.”
NSW Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson said
Exemptions will, however, be made for essential uses of short-stay properties – such purposes include travel for work, education or caring duties.
Airbnb has also announced on its website that to help battle the pandemic, they are partnering hosts to connect 100,000 healthcare providers, relief workers, and first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients—and safely distanced from their own families.
Commenting that “we may be apart, but we’ll get through this together”.
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