Leaders in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are urging people not to travel to the area for the inauguration. To counteract those who decide to travel to the region, Airbnb and HotelTonight are canceling and blocking all reservations made in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area during President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration.
“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. Additionally, we will prevent any new reservations in the Washington, D.C. area from being booked during that time by blocking such reservations,” a statement on Airbnb reads.
Anyone that made a reservation during this time period will be fully reimbursed.
“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.”
After last week’s insurrection, Airbnb has decided to safeguard its platform by banning anyone affiliated with a hate group.
“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 Airbnb. Through 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.”
“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.”