Airbnb canceling and blocking D.C. reservations during inauguration week

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A woman talks on the phone at the Airbnb office headquarters in the SOMA district of San Francisco, California.

Gabrielle Lurie | Reuters

Airbnb is canceling and blocking future reservations in the Washington D.C. metro area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, the company said Wednesday.

Guests who had reserved a place will be refunded in full, the company said. It will also reimburse the Airbnb hosts with the money that would have been earned from the canceled reservations.

The stark move comes just days after the company said it would step up its safety plan ahead of the January 20 inauguration. The company previously said it would ban individuals who were involved with the U.S. Capital riots on January 6 or associate with known hate groups.

The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington D.C. and state capitals in the run-up to the inauguration. The presidential inaugural committee, as well as D.C.’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, have asked people not to travel to the area for the inauguration.

This is a developing story.

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