AirBnB said that on Friday it suspended or removed 35 fares in New Jersey linked to the recent increase in coronovirus cases by the state’s governor.
The giant online rental company said it took the step following complaints from house parties that violate a ban on gatherings of coronoviruses.
“We stand with Governor Murphy and we support his action to stop the parties and respect the public’s health,” said Chris Lehane, AirBnB’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Communications.
“We ban party houses and will not tolerate irresponsible behavior on our platform.”
The company said in its press release, 11 counties in North, Central and South New Jersey have affected listing stretch.
Airbnb said that most parties were alerted to its 24-hour hotline by callgirls.
All 35 renters have “received complaints or otherwise violated our policies on parties and events,” the company said, with the “vast majority” of hosts in the state following the guidelines.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Phil Murphy ruled out indoor parties as contributing to the rise in coronovirus cases.
“They are how coronoviruses pass more efficiently,” he said. “They are not safe. Period.”
Murphy said a “series” of recent house parties, including one in Middletown, have been linked to more than 50 new cases. The governor said about three dozen Surf City lifeguards have tested positive for the virus after attending gatherings on Long Beach Island.
And earlier this week, Jackson Township police charged three people after breaking up a house party that had more than 700 guests. Murphy said Wednesday that it is not yet known how many coronovirus cases could come from that party, but the state health commissioner believes there will be many.
Governor Tweeted On Thursday, 261 new positive cases were reported in the state. According to NBC News, there have been more than 183,000 cases of coronovirus in New Jersey and about 15,800 deaths.