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Airbnb says it will try to ban Capitol rioters from inauguration stays

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

Airbnb announced on Monday plans to attempt to restrict rioters who stormed the Capitol from returning to the Washington, DC area for next week's presidential inauguration.

Washington, DC (CNN)Airbnb announced on Monday plans to attempt to restrict rioters who stormed the Capitol from returning to the Washington, DC area for next week's presidential inauguration.

Airbnb says it will review all Washington-area reservations, and anyone associated with a hate group will have their reservation canceled and be banned from Airbnb.

The company also said it's taking action against individuals involved in criminal activity at the Capitol, including permanently banning them from the platform.

Airbnb said it's cross-referencing a January 6 arrest log from the DC police department.

Airbnb declined to say if it has canceled any reservations since expanding its safety plan for DC on Monday.

Airbnb also declined to say if it will review reservations near all state capitols, where armed protests are being planned, according to the FBI.

DC-area hotels will also have to wrestle with the risks of potentially hosting people who rioted last week at the Capitol.

Thomas Penny, president of Donohoe Hospitality Services, which operates 12 DC-area hotels, said people involved in the Capitol events stayed at some of his hotels.

But he said his hotels don't know who exactly was involved in the violence.

Penny said that his hotels dealt with a few "issues," but that by and large guests were peaceful last week.

He said that his hotels near the Capitol will remain boarded up as a security precaustion until after the inauguration, but they will be open for business.

"We require is that folks are respectful our team and follow the guidelines of our hotels," Penny said.

He said his hotels are making rates attractive to draw members of the National Guard.

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