Airbnb Cancels All Reservations in DC During Inauguration Week

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Airbnb is stepping up to do its part to help stop potentially dangerous groups from gathering in the nation’s capital next week ahead of Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.

This week, the company announced that it will be canceling and blocking reservations throughout Washington, D.C. for people who are known to be associated with hate groups that played a part in the deadly insurrection at the Capitol Building last week.

“Today, in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C., we are announcing that Airbnb will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the Inauguration week,” a statement from the company read. “Additionally, we will prevent any new reservations in the Washington, D.C. area from being booked during that time by blocking such reservations.

“Guests whose reservations are canceled will be refunded in full. We also will reimburse hosts, at Airbnb’s expense, the money they would have earned from these canceled reservations. HotelTonight reservations also will be canceled.”

Airbnb will be working closely with Washington, D.C. officials, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan, Governor Northam, Metro Police and Members of Congress.

The company added: “Additionally, we are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration.

“We are continuing our work to ensure hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community. As we’ve learned through media or law enforcement sources the names of individuals confirmed to have been responsible for the violent criminal activity at the United States Capitol on January 6, we’ve investigated whether the named individuals have an account on AirbnbThrough this work, we have identified numerous individuals who are either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in the criminal activity at the Capitol Building, and they have been banned from Airbnb’s platform.”

Inauguration Day is set for Wednesday, January 20.

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