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It’s going to be a ‘hot vax summer,’ but maybe not for Airbnb renters

Summary List PlacementAmericans may be able to safely gather together over the July Fourth holiday weekend if they get their COVID-19 vaccine, President Biden announced on Thursday. And with pent-up demand for human contact, many Americans are gearing up for a "hot vax summer," Insider's Julia Naftulin reported.  But Airbnb is...

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Americans may be able to safely gather together over the July Fourth holiday weekend if they get their COVID-19 vaccine, President Biden announced on Thursday.

And with pent-up demand for human contact, many Americans are gearing up for a “hot vax summer,” Insider’s Julia Naftulin reported

But Airbnb is pumping the brakes on celebratory get-togethers.

Yesterday, the company announced that guests without a history of positive reviews on Airbnb will be prohibited from making one-night reservations in entire home listings over July Fourth weekend. The company will also impose additional restrictions as the weekend approaches.

The “tough new rules” are intended to put “public health first” and “help prevent unauthorized parties,” Airbnb said.

“We’ve learned that July 4 is being pegged as the ‘reopening’ date in the US, which is great for the country as well as for the Airbnb community,” the company announced. “We also know that public health and safety experts are still saying mass gatherings should not happen. That’s why we’re introducing new rules.”

Guests with a history of positive reviews, and those who already made reservations, will not be affected. 

Representatives for Airbnb declined Insider’s request for further comment.

After a year of social distancing, Americans are gearing up for a wild summer

The term “hot vax summer” is being used to define the “time of general hedonism” that will follow this past year of isolation,  Insider’s Avery Hartmans reported.

Weddings, parties, nights out at the bar — things we haven’t been able to do for a while — are set to return with force.

“People are looking to get out and about again,” Fokke de Jong, Suitsupply’s founder and CEO, recently told Insider’s Kate Taylor

When it comes to relationships, hot vax summer is going to be a “blissful release of pent-up horniness,” Naftulin reported. “Spontaneity beckons,” she said.

“On social media, the first signs of a sexy summer are blooming,” Naftulin wrote, linking to a tweet by Harper’s Bazaar editor Kaitlyn Greenidge

“Both my seventy-something mom and a relative got asked out in the vaccine line. I’m telling you, people are ready. This summer will be wild,” Greenidge said.

This is not the first time Airbnb has announced booking restrictions to curb large get-togethers

In August, the company instituted a global ban on “disruptive parties and events” and restricted group reservations to a maximum of 16 people.

The company has since implemented additional restrictions in the lead-up to Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and Biden’s inauguration.

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