Amid elevated danger of riots and violence, Airbnb will block and cancel all reservations in Washington, D.C., through the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The announcement got here Wednesday, per week after a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building to disrupt the certification of Biden’s electoral school victory. On Monday, the holiday rental behemoth introduced that it was reviewing what position it could play in folks coming to the realm for the inauguration.
The choice has now been made to preemptively block all reservations within the wider D.C. space through the week beginning on January 18. Present reservations might be cancelled and refunded whereas hosts whose reservations had been pulled will even be compensated.
“Airbnb’s work continues to be told by inputs from our native host group in addition to Washington, D.C. officers, Metro Police and Members of Congress all through this week,” the corporate introduced in a press release. “Specifically, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan and Governor Northam have been clear that guests shouldn’t journey to the D.C. Metro space for the Inauguration.”
Whereas such a large ban on bookings is unprecedented, Airbnb has had a coverage of eradicating members with recognized ties to established hate teams since 2017. The coverage replace got here after some members used the site to guide locations to remain to be able to attend a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Alongside firms similar to Marriott, AT&T and others, Airbnb additionally lately introduced it could not be making political donations to any candidates who voted towards the certification of Biden’s win. Reserving platform HotelTonight, which Airbnb bought in 2019, can also be blocking and cancelling reservations. As of Wednesday afternoon, no main lodge chains have introduced related selections for the D.C. space.
“We’re continuing our work to make sure hate group members are usually not a part of the Airbnb group,” the corporate stated. “As we’ve discovered by media or regulation enforcement sources the names of people confirmed to have been liable for the violent prison exercise at the US Capitol on January 6, we’ve investigated whether or not the named people have an account on Airbnb.”