Airbnb bookings have halted during the coronavirus pandemic, as the risk of infection coupled with global lockdown measures made their business inoperable. Some countries have allowed people to reemerge from their homes, and are now eager to escape their homes for a brief getaway.The UK is now poised to welcome a new raft of restriction eases next month, and Airbnb may choose to embrace them.
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The Government is now slowly loosening coronavirus restrictions in the UK, with infection numbers and deaths gradually declining.
The latest easements have included a return of the retail industry, with non-essential shops opening on Monday to millions of customers.
Officials have begun preparations for a new phase beginning from July 4, which will see hotels and parts of the hospitality sector open their doors.
Airbnb has postponed its reopening several times during the pandemic and is likely to allow bookings once again with the rest of the industry.
They first postponed trips until April 18, but then as the lockdown continued pushed it back another three times to May 17, May 31 and July 4.
Barring any significant changes to the Government’s lockdown policy, they will likely resume business in the UK by then.
Airbnb representatives confirmed they had decided to wait until the Government states it is safe for them to reopen once more.
While many Brits will relish the opportunity to take a trip abroad, current Government rules could make it near impossible.
Earlier this month Home Secretary Priti Patel said anyone entering the UK would have to self-isolate for two weeks.
The new rule effectively rules out tourist trips into the country from anywhere, as people will have to stay in their hotels for a fortnight under threat of fine.
They also apply to native Brits hoping to enter the country after a return from abroad.
The Government is now under increasing pressure to scrap their travel policy, which experts argue could lock the country out of Europe.
Some countries are toying with or have already imposed reciprocal quarantines on British citizens either due to the infection rate or the Home Office rules.
Spain’s foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, said Spanish authorities were considering levelling a 14 day self-isolation period.
She told The Guardian the Government would check with what “what the UK will be doing”, meaning UK official stances could decide whether tourists may enjoy a holiday to Spain this year.
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