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Airbnb will block, cancel all DC reservations during inauguration
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Airbnb announced Wednesday that it will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C., metro area during the week of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week raised widespread safety concerns.
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The San Francisco-based home-sharing company will also prevent any new reservations from being booked during that time. Likewise, the Airbnb-owned travel agency, HotelTonight, will also cancel reservations.
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Customers will be refunded in full, Airbnb said. The company will also reimburse hosts with the money that they would have earned from the now-canceled reservations.
The company's decision came after various local, state and federal officials began asking people not to travel to the area and even called on companies like Airbnb to take down their listings until after the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony.