Airbnb and its subsidiary HotelTonight have canceled all reservations in Washington, D.C., during inauguration week over concerns of “armed militias and known hate groups.” The company’s co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday.
“We are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” the company’s statement read.
We have canceled all Airbnb reservations in DC for Inauguration week.
Guests will be issued a full refund and hosts will still be paid in full for these canceled bookings. https://t.co/K67zaRqdKJ
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 13, 2021
Following reports from various “Washington, D.C. officials, Metro Police and Members of Congress” that dangerous situations could unfold in the city due to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Airbnb also noted it would prevent any new bookings in D.C. until after the ceremonies are over.
Airbnb said it would refund and reimburse both the