Vrbo blocks all ‘new’ DC reservations day before inauguration, following in Airbnb’s footsteps

Vacation rental platform Vrbo announced Tuesday, the day before President-elect Joe Biden is to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, that “all new” reservations would be blocked ahead of the inauguration. 

The decision came “based on updated guidance provided by government officials regarding security threats, and as part of ongoing efforts to protect the safety of travelers, partners and communities,” Vrbo said in a Tweet Tuesday.

All new reservations are to be blocked through Friday “in and around” the nation’s capitol, Vrbo continued.

Vrbo’s decision to block new reservations is an update to guidance issued last week after the Capitol riots in which it left decisions about canceling bookings up to its hosts.

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