Airbnb, doubtless the largest participant within the short-term rental market, will cancel all reservations made within the Washington space subsequent week and block new leases, the corporate introduced in a press release Wednesday.
The choice got here after the police and elected officers warned People to not journey to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., citing the danger of the unfold of the coronavirus and the specter of one other assault just like final week’s violent siege on the Capitol.
Regulation enforcement authorities have warned of threats of violence forward of the inauguration on Jan. 20, and Nationwide Guard troops have flooded Washington in response. On Monday, the leaders of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland issued a joint statement telling potential guests to not journey to the realm, citing each the coronavirus pandemic and the riot.
Already, 16 teams — a few of them armed and most of them supporters of President Trump — have registered to stage protests in Washington, although Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested federal officers to cancel any public gathering permits issued.
Earlier within the week, Airbnb mentioned it might evaluation reservations within the Washington space and cancel these it decided have been made by members related to extremist or hate teams. On Wednesday, it mentioned it might take the broader step of canceling all reservations in response to pleas for folks to not attend.
Ms. Bowser and the governors of Virginia and Maryland “have been clear that guests mustn’t journey to the D.C. Metro space for the Inauguration,” the corporate said in a statement. “Moreover, we’re conscious of studies rising yesterday afternoon concerning armed militias and identified hate teams which are trying to journey and disrupt the Inauguration.”
Airbnb mentioned it might refund friends for his or her reservations and reimburse hosts at its personal expense.
The corporate additionally mentioned it had banned “quite a few people” related to identified hate teams or in any other case concerned with the mob on the Capitol. Airbnb, by way of a spokesman, declined to offer extra particulars.