Airbnb is coming out in support of the City of Hoboken’s recently approved house party ordinance that allows up to $1,000 fines is a residence exceeds occupancy limits.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Airbnb fully agrees with the importance of preventing disruptive house parties, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across New Jersey,” the company said in a statement.
“That’s why Airbnb has taken steps to ban both parties and party houses, going so far as to suspend or remove party houses across New Jersey this summer — including here in Hoboken. We fully support Mayor Bhalla and the City Council as they work to implement this new ordinance and we hope to partner with the city to continue to crack down on parties and party houses, in accordance with public health guidance.”
Last week, the Hoboken council approved the measure unanimously and Bhalla announced on Sunday evening that six people had received summonses over the weekend.
The mayor indicated that the city will recommend that the municipal prosecutor issue the maximum fine of $1,000 in each instance, as HCV first reported.
Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced yesterday that indoor capacity limits are now just 10 people, down from 25, and that outdoor capacity will be reduced from 500 to 150 people as of November 23rd – though exceptions are in tact for events such as religious services, political gatherings, weddings, funerals, and performances.