Airbnb to Block, Cancel DC Reservations During Inauguration Week

Airbnb announced that they will be canceling reservations in the DC metro area during groundbreaking week due to local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to the district.

They also say they will prevent any new bookings from being made in the DC area during this time. HotelTonight reservations will also be canceled.

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Customers whose reservations are canceled will be fully refunded. Airbnb will also reimburse Hosts, at Airbnb’s expense, for any money they have earned on canceled reservations.

“Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan and Governor Northam have made it clear that visitors should not travel to the DC metro area for the grand opening,” Airbnb said in a press release. “In addition, we are aware of information released yesterday afternoon regarding known armed militias and hate groups attempting to travel and disrupt the inauguration.”

READ MORE: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser asks Americans not to come to Washington for inauguration

The company says it is continuing its efforts to ensure that members of hate groups are not part of the Airbnb platform.

“As we learned from the media or law enforcement of the names of those confirmed to be responsible for the violent criminal activity on the United States Capitol on January 6, we investigated whether the individuals named have any account on Airbnb, ”the press release continued. “Through this work, we have identified numerous individuals who are either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in criminal activity on Capitol Hill, and they have been banned from the Airbnb platform.”

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