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British Columbians heading out of town for summer holidays may want to be aware of the new rules when it comes to vacation rentals. Here are three key things to know.
New rules for vacation rentals
According to Dr. Bonnie Henry, parties at vacation accommodations are sources of community outbreaks. As of July 27, 2020, the new Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Order requires that guests respect the official nightly capacity of the accommodation they are renting. Read the new rules in detail in the PHO Order.
3 things to know about the new rules for vacation rentals
- The number of people that can be in a vacation rental is limited to the capacity of the space you rented, plus a maximum of five additional visitors. For example, if an AirBnB property has listed a capacity of 10 guests, a maximum of 10 guests may stay overnight and up to five additional visitors. This would apply to BBQs, dinner parties, etc. Visitors are not allowed to spend the night.
- Rental owners must gather the contact information for both guests and visitors and keep it for 30 days for the purposes of contact tracing. If you are a guest or visitor at a vacation rental, expect to provide this information to the owner.
- Rental owners are responsible for making sure the rules are followed.
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