Airbnb hosts have been accused of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour for advertising properties in Britain as “Covid-19 retreats”.
Laws brought in to combat the spread of coronavirus state that holiday accommodation should only be provided to key workers needing to self-isolate.
But BBC News found that some properties were being advertised as places to self-isolate without any vetting. Only one of the Airbnb hosts it contacted said their rental was available solely to key workers, it reported.
In response, the tourism minister, Nigel Huddleston, said: “Essential travel does not include holidays, leisure travel and visits to second homes - and people must remain in their primary residence. It is incredibly irresponsible and dangerous for some property owners to be marketing themselves as ‘isolation retreats’.”