Airbnb announced Wednesday that it would cancel all reservations in the Washington, D.C., area during the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to discourage guests from traveling to the nation’s capital.
The popular home rental company said in a statement that it would also take action to block any new reservations from being made in the area. Guests who made reservations prior to the new decision will have their stays refunded, and hosts will be compensated by the company for money they would have earned from the canceled reservations.
The move follows pleas from local authorities, including Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, strongly discouraging travel to the city after last week’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Airbnb also announced that it had banned “numerous individuals” from its platform who participated in the insurrection or were linked to known hate groups.
The company condemned the attacks that led to five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer, and on Monday joined a flurry of other organizations in withholding political contributions to lawmakers who voted against certifying the results from the 2020 presidential election.