Airbnb announced Wednesday that it would block all stays in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the inauguration week after stating that “a large number of individuals involved in hate groups known or involved with Criminal activities at the ‘Parliament Buildings’ account on all existing booking platforms will be canceled and refunded and no new guests allowed.
In a blog post on the news site, the Airbnb team cited some of the premiere safety concerns:
Airbnb’s work continues to be informed by input from our local host community, as well as Washington, D.C., Police, Metro and Congressmen throughout this week. In particular, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan and Governor of Northam were made clear that visitors should not travel to the DC Metro area to take office. We also took note of reports that emerged yesterday afternoon about well-known armed forces and hate groups trying to travel and hinder their inauguration.
The announcement comes just two days after Airbnb said it would review upcoming bookings to screen members of hate groups, including banning anyone known to participate in the mob attack. Assembly in the parliament building last week
Earlier this week, Airbnb announced that political fundraising groups would suspend campaign donations of any kind to lawmakers who voted against the results of the Jan. 6 election.