While accommodation should be available for key workers and those in exceptional circumstances, people are still trying to book Airbnb properties for holidays during lockdown – and the company is yet to step in

Homes in the UK can still be booked on Airbnb despite the country being under a Government-ordered lockdown, with property owners forced to choose between their income and public health concerns.

The online accommodation marketplace has been branded “extremely reckless” by one host, who also criticised the lack of clear advice for users of the service, for allowing bookings to continue.

Responsibility is instead falling on property owners to cancel or restrict bookings, with no warning on the Airbnb site despite official advice from the Government that forbids non-essential travel and shuts down “hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use”.

The only exceptions to these rules are permanent residents, key workers and those providing emergency accommodation.

However, it appears that people outside of this criteria are still attempting to book short breaks – a further chapter in the ‘Covidiots’ chronicle.

One host in Cambridgeshire turned down a stay worth almost £1,000 because she felt “uncomfortable with someone using when they should be in for self-isolation”, adding that she has been having to make up her own rules.

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