Thailand Airbnb hosts to abide by new Covid-19 cleaning measures

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Now that people in Thailand are travelling domestically again and international tourists could be coming in the near future, Airbnb has consulted with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health and come up with Covid-19 safety measures which include “new normal” policies and the 5-step “enhanced” cleaning process: prepare, clean, sanitise, check and reset. All Airbnb hosts in Thailand must make sure they follow the process by November 20.

Airbnb’s new cleaning process, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, says hosts must first clean the space, removing dust and dirt from surfaces, and then sanitise “high-touch” items like doorknobs and TV remotes. Hosts must also abide by new normal policies like wearing a face mask and social distancing.

In addition to the cleaning measures, Airbnb also now lists recommendations from Thailand’s Department of Disease Control as well as Department of Health, like cleaning the accommodations with 70% alcohol and providing a designated contaminated waste disposal for guests.

Director general of the Department of Health, Buncha Khakhong, says Airbnb’s cleaning protocols exceed standards and they advise hosts to follow the cleaning guidelines to “make Thailand a safe country for everyone.”

“The Department of Health has always looked for ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Thailand. We have found that Airbnb’s cleaning guidelines go above and beyond Thailand’s standards and we have collaborated with them to further ensure that the standards take into account local needs.”

General manager for Airbnb in Southeast Asia, Amanprett Bajaj, says maintaining high standards of health and hygiene is a “critical step in restoring traveller confidence” after the pandemic.

“By following the enhanced cleaning protocol, our hosts in Thailand are taking significant steps toward protecting themselves, their guests and the communities in which they live. We are looking forward to further collaborating with local governments, medical experts and other authorities to ensure a consistent approach that would help support the recovery of Thailand’s tourism industry.”

SOURCE: Airbnb

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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