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    Cleaning guidelines for private room Hosts

    Learn what to clean and how to interact with guests if you have common areas.
    By Airbnb on Jul 15, 2020
    2 min read
    Updated Jun 25, 2021


    • Limit the total number of guests in your space, and make sure your home can accommodate socially distanced occupancy of all common areas

    • Consider limiting the guest areas to only the necessary spaces to avoid unnecessary exposure

    • Ventilate common areas during the stay, if possible

    • Discover more in our complete guide to exploring the enhanced cleaning process
    We know that Hosts with private rooms or common areas want more guidance around how to clean their spaces, especially during COVID-19. As part of the COVID-19 safety practices, we've put together some guidelines for Hosts with common areas or shared spaces.

    Clean and sanitize all common areas

    • Follow the 5-step enhanced cleaning process before each guest check-in for all common areas, as well as the guest’s private room
    • Common areas may include the:
      • Bathroom(s)
      • Dining room
      • Entryway
      • Kitchen
      • Living room

    Cap the number of guests in your space

    • When required by local laws or guidelines, practice social distancing with guests, and encourage them to do the same
    • Make sure that your home can accommodate socially-distanced occupancy of all common areas. For example, if your shared living room only has room for 3 people who are 6 feet (2 meters) apart, you could cap your total guest count at 2 so that you and your guests can be in the space at the same time
    • The total number of people should also not be greater than the maximum number of people that are allowed to congregate in your listing, according to your local government laws or guidelines (if applicable)
    • Remember to update your listing to reflect any new limitations on guest count

    Follow health and safety practices

    • As part of our COVID-19 safety practices, when it’s required by local government laws or guidelines, guests and Hosts are required to wear a face mask or face covering when interacting with each other
    • Please take extra precaution around social distancing in shared spaces where guests share sleeping quarters, like bedrooms or living rooms, when required by local laws or guidelines
    • Wash your hands often, and avoid touching your face at all times
    • Don’t travel or host if you’ve recently been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19
    • For more info, please read the COVID-19 health and safety practices for Hosts and guests on Airbnb

    Ventilate common areas during the stay

    • Keep the windows open to increase air circulation in common areas, when safe to do so

    Keep in mind that some governments may place restrictions on hosting private rooms or may impose additional obligations or requirements for private rooms. Please make sure to review and follow any additional cleaning guidance from government or health authorities in your local jurisdiction.

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    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication. The 5-step enhanced cleaning process provides a simple set of requirements for cleaning your listing. For more information on how to implement those steps, please refer to the entire Airbnb cleaning handbook. As a Host, you may need to take extra steps to protect yourselves, your teams, and your guests, and you should always consult and comply with any relevant local laws or guidelines. Airbnb is not responsible for any injuries or disease resulting from following this cleaning process. For cleaning guidelines and rules specific to where you host your region, please bookmark this Help Center article.

    Jul 15, 2020
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