After the violent uprising at the US Capitol, Airbnb announced that they would take additional precautions ahead of President Biden̵7;s inauguration.
Airbnb and Airbnb-owned HotelTonight are canceling all booked bookings in the Washington, D.C. metro area at the time of President Joe Biden’s election, the company announced in a statement shared by spokesman Katie Ward.
All bookings during the first week will be canceled. Biden’s release is scheduled for Wednesday.
“Today, in response to several local, state and federal officials requesting citizens not to travel to Washington, D.C., we announce that Airbnb will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the first week of launch.” Airbnb said in a statement. “We will also prevent any new reservations from being booked in Washington, DC during that time by blocking such reservations.”
Airbnb added that the decision was informed by information from the host community, in addition to Washington, D.C. officials, DC Metro police and members of Congress this week.
“In particular, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan and Governor of Northam have made it clear that tourists should not travel to the DC Metro area to take office,” Airbnb said.
The decision came as the company was made aware of emerging reports that militants and hate groups were trying to travel to hinder its inauguration.
Airbnb continued to ban individuals from the platform in connection with the Capitol riots last week.
“We have identified a large number of individuals associated with known hate groups or involved in criminal activity at the Parliament building and they have been banned from Airbnb’s platform,” Airbnb said.
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