Airbnb says it will be blocking and cancelling all reservations in the Washington, DC area during the week of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The decision, announced on Wednesday, was in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, DC. It came two days after it said it was reviewing reservations in the area ahead of the inauguration and said it will bar any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity.

The San Francisco-based home sharing company said that guests whose reservations were cancelled will be refunded in full. It will reimburse hosts — at Airbnb’s expense — the money they would have earned from those cancelled reservations. It also said that reservations at HotelTonight, a service owned by Airbnb that handles last-minute deals at top-rated hotels, will also be cancelled.

Members of the National Guard securing the US Capitol building in Washington, DC.

Members of the National Guard securing the US Capitol building in Washington, DC. Credit:Bloomberg

Airbnb declined to say how many reservations were cancelled. But over Presidents’ Day weekend, the site lists more than 300 rentals in the Washington, DC area.



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