The home rental platform Airbnb announced on Wednesday (13) that it will ban reservations in Washington for dates close to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, after local authorities asked people to abstain from go, after the violent invasion of Congress a week ago.
“We are announcing that Airbnb will cancel reservations in the Washington metropolitan area during the inauguration week,” the company said in a statement.
“In addition, we will prevent new reservations from being made in the Washington area during this period, blocking those reserves,” he explained.
According to investigations into the Capitol invasion, which left five dead, some agitators who participated in the incidents stayed at properties rented on Airbnb.
Faced with the possibility of further protests by Trump supporters, city residents asked residents registered on the Airbnb platform not to rent their homes during Biden’s inauguration.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser also asked visitors to stay at home.
“We ask Americans not to come to Washington DC for the 59th presidential inauguration on January 20 and instead to participate virtually,” he said.
Airbnb was founded 13 years ago in San Francisco and then revolutionized the tourism and business travel industry with its privately owned rental system.