SAN FRANCISCO, California - Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Airbnb announced on Wednesday that it will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the week of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to the capital city.
"Additionally, we will prevent any new reservations in the Washington, D.C. area from being booked during that time by blocking such reservations," the company said in a statement.
Provided by Xinhua | Photo taken on Jan. 11, 2021 shows the U.S. Capitol Building seen through a barrier fence in Washington, D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
Airbnb has also identified numerous individuals who are either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in the criminal activity at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 and has banned them from its platform.
"We are continuing our work to ensure hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community," the company said.
Guests whose reservations are canceled will be refunded in full. The company also will reimburse hosts the money they would have earned from these canceled reservations at Airbnb's expense. HotelTonight reservations also will be canceled, according to the announcement.