TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Airbnb says it’s cracking down on party houses throughout New Jersey, suspending or removing altogether 35 listings.
Friday’s announcement comes after state health officials warned such house parties led to clusters of COVID-19 outbreaks. Airbnb did not disclose the addresses of the 35 locations, but indicated they’re across the state, including Jersey City and Newark in the north, as well as a number of shore towns like Asbury Park, Atlantic City and Ventnor, among others.
#Airbnb says it cancelled 35 NJ reservations in crackdown on house parties, after Gov. Murphy decries recent 700-person AirBnB party, other large teen/young adult gatherings as fueling #coronavirus rebound in the state pic.twitter.com/Hda4Ih5URc
— Daniel Munoz (@DanielMunoz100) July 31, 2020
The crackdown comes just days after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli reported that large gatherings, particularly of younger people, across the state were leading to positive coronavirus tests.