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“We’re probably not dealing with workers in need of quarantine or isolation, or travelers stranded in Toronto due to newly imposed travel restrictions.
The report alleges that short-term condo rental activity along Toronto’s waterfront – the city’s largest concentration of Airbnb listings – is contributing to the surge in COVID-19 infections in Toronto.
“During COVID-19, the so-called sharing economy could distribute more than just access to people’s homes or cars,” the report concludes.
“Regarding the ‘home sharing’ market, our data strongly suggests that there could be a strong link between the community spread of COVID-19 and facilitated short-term rental indoors
gatherings along the Toronto waterfront.
Airbnb spokesman Nathan Rotman dismissed the report, telling The Sun it was based on few facts.
“This is yet another baseless hospitality-funded report that plays fast and freely with facts (and science),” he said.
“In fact, at a time when hotels and motels were operating without restriction, Airbnb worked closely with the province to ensure that short-term rentals remained an available resource during the crisis, including for emergency responders. first line, other workers requiring isolation and those who took shelter in place. during the crisis. ”
These programs include Frontline Stays, which offers bed space for those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, and recent moves to ban party houses from the platform.
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