Level Info – AU – Airbnb cancels and blocks Washington DC. Reservations during the inauguration week

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By Caitlin O’Kane

14th January 2021 / 7:45 a.m.
/ CBS News

Airbnb announced on Wednesday that it was canceling and blocking reservations at Washington D. Area during the week of the election of President-Elect Joe Biden, slated for Jan. Jan. The company said the decision was « made in response to various local, state and federal officials urging people not to travel to Washington, D »C »

It has also been reported that there are reports of « armed militias and known hate groups attempting to travel and disrupt the inauguration »

Guests affected by the measures will be reimbursed and hosts will be reimbursed at the company’s expense, according to a company press release.In addition, HotelTonight reservations will be canceled as it is owned by Airbnb

The announcement comes a week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U. Capitol Building Resulting in Five Fatalities Investigators are now tracking leads and work incidents in more than 30 states related to the attack and the inauguration over the next week

Airbnb said Monday it is reviewing reservations in Washington, DC., Area and would ban any guests associated with hate groups or violent activity It also said it would warn all guests in the Washington area that it could take legal action against them if they are members of hate groups or if they engage in violent activity plan

Airbnb said Wednesday it would continue to « ensure that hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community »

« As we learned through the media or law enforcement agencies, the names of people who have been confirmed to be responsible for the violent criminal activity at the United States Capitol on Aug. January, investigates whether the named people have an Airbnb account, « says the press release. » Through this work, we have identified numerous people who are either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in criminal activities in the Capitol Building, and they have been banned from the Airbnb platform « 

Some city officials had asked Airbnb, as well as VRBO and other landlords, to remove their listings until the inauguration on Jan. January has ended

« There is no guarantee that your guests will not be subjected to violence, » said Janeese Lewis George, a member of Washington City Council, in a tweet on Monday, « Please protect your neighbors and the district from further attacks. »

First published on 13 January 2021 / 11:41 am

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Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand The Uplift

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