Travel News Hotels Airbnb Will Block and Cancel All Reservations in D.C. Metro Area During Inauguration Week HotelTonight reservations will also be canceled By Katherine Alex Beaven Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 01/14/21 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 01/14/21 Share Pin Email Andriy Prokopenko / Getty Images Yesterday, Airbnb announced that it will be canceling all reservations made in the D.C. Metro Area during inauguration week next week, including reservations made on the service's hotel booking site HotelTonight. The vacation home booking company will also proactively block any new reservations from being made in the area during that time. Airbnb’s decision to cancel and block these bookings comes after several local, state, and federal officials urged people to avoid traveling to D.C. during inauguration week following last week’s deadly insurrection at the Capitol Building during the Senate’s election certification. On Monday, the FBI released warnings about armed protests that are planned at all 50 state capitols and again in Washington, D.C. in the week and days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. “We are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” Airbnb said in a statement. “Airbnb’s work continues to be informed by inputs from our local host community as well as Washington, D.C. officials, Metro Police and Members of Congress throughout this week. In particular, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan and Governor Northam have been clear that visitors should not travel to the D.C. Metro area for the Inauguration." Additionally, the company confirmed that they are continuing their work to ensure that members of hate groups are banned from the Airbnb community. This includes expanding and enhancing their safety and trust protocols. Specifically, the site says they are working to identify and ban users who are confirmed to be involved with the criminal activity at the Capitol as well as running additional background checks when necessary. Through this work, Airbnb says they have already been able to identify “numerous individuals who are either associated with known hate groups or involved in the criminal activity at the Capitol Building, and they have been banned from Airbnb’s platform.” All canceled reservations will be 100 percent refunded. Airbnb says they will also be paying out hosts with the money they would have earned during the canceled stays. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Airlines Tighten Security Ahead of Inauguration Day The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. An LGBTQ+ Travel Guide to Denver, Colorado The Best LGBTQ+ Hidden Gem in Every State Alsace LA Is Historic West Adams' First Hotel In Decades 15 Travelers Talk About Traveling to Countries Unsafe for LGBTQ+ People The Dos and Don’ts of Renting a Vacation Home Is It Safe to Travel to Paris? The 9 Best Washington, D.C. Hotels with Outdoor Pools in 2021 It's Been a Wild Few Weeks for U.S. Cruises, But We Have Good News The Spectacular Teatro Colón Opera House in Buenos Aires Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC In the Aviation Industry, the LGBTQ+ Experience Just Keeps Getting Better Halloween Parades in the Washington, DC, Area LGBTQ Travel Guide: Winnipeg Sustainable Tourism vs. Ecotourism: What's the Difference?