Airbnb has suspended all check-ins for Beijing until March due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
“In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak and guidance from local authorities for the Short Term Rental industry during this public health emergency, bookings of all listings in Beijing with check-in from 7 February 2020 to 29 February 2020 have been suspended. Airbnb appreciates that disease control efforts are causing overall travel disruptions that also affect our community of guests and hosts.
“We will refund and support guests who had cancelled reservations. And we will continue to work diligently to build programs that support our community of hosts,” an Airbnb spokesman said in a statement to Business Insider.
When Business Insider searched for Beijing listings in the Airbnb all of them were blocked out until March 1 although February listings for Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak, were still showing up.
A Business Insider reporter was able to get to the payment stage for a Wuhan-based Airbnb.
A February search for Wuhan yielded several listings.
Airbnb was not immediately available to comment when asked by Business Insider if any cities outside of Beijing were also having check-ins shut down.
Searching any location in China brings up an information card about the outbreak inside the Airbnb app.
Airbnb is one of the few big Western tech companies that is allowed to operate in China, with behemoths likes Facebook, Google Search and Twitter all blocked by the country’s so-called “Great Firewall.”