Washington DC’s oldest operating hotel that is considered one of the most affordable in the area, just five blocks from the White House is closing its doors in an effort to stop Trump supporters from staying at their hotel.
The Hotel Harrington announced that it will close from January 4 to January 6.
The hotel made the announcement on their Facebook page:
Washington DC has been our home for 106 years and we join with all of our guests, visitors, staff and neighbors in our concern and desire for everyone’s health and safety.
We greatly appreciate the trust our guests have placed in Hotel Harrington over the years and we wish to continue to earn that trust. While we cannot control what happens outside of the hotel, we are taking additional steps to protect the safety of our visitors, guests and employees.
Hotel Harrington will be closed on January 4,5 and 6. We will not be accommodating guests, with the exception of our long-term residents who call our hotel home.
The hotel did refund pre-paid reservations.
The bar inside the hotel, Harry’s is also closing its doors on January 5th and 6th.
Harry’s was been cited for violating COVID-19 restrictions several times this year.
One of the groups that have previously stayed and were planning to stay at the hotel was the Proud Boys.
On January 6th Congress is scheduled to hold a joint session to certify the Elector College votes. Senator Josh Hawley has announced that he will join a Republican Representative in contesting the election results.
The protest is expected to begin at noon on January 6th at Freedom Plaza, thousands are expected to attend the rally.
Neither businesses made any political statements about the rally however, it is obvious they are closing their hotels because right-wing groups were planning on staying there.