Biden inauguration planners urge supporters to skip event due to COVID-19

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 21, 2020

Instead of the usual 200,000 tickets distributed to members of Congress and passed out to their constituents, organizers will allow just over 1,000 tickets - one for each of the 535 members of Congress and one guest each.

Although he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, as is traditional, the swearing-in ceremony and parade that follows will have limited attendance and be reimagined, the inaugural committee said in a statement Tuesday.

The committee's decision was made "in consultation with diversified public health and medical experts and the Presidential Inaugural Committee", its chairman, Republican Sen.

Four years later, President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural committee is actually urging Americans to stay home.

A day after Biden's own organizing committee announced that the swearing-in would take place on January 20 outside the Capitol Building, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced that permitted attendance at the event will be drastically reduced due to COVID-19 precautions.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in January 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.

Biden's advisors said in a press release that the "historic ceremony" will include "vigorous health and safety protocols", and "honors and resembled sacred American traditions while keeping Americans safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus]".

The electoral college, which met in respective State Capitols, on Monday had declared Biden as the victor of the November 3 elections.

Blunt and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the congressional committee, both indicated there are efforts underway to provide enhanced video content of the event that would go beyond what is normally seen on television. However, outgoing President Donald Trump refused to concede the elections, even though he asked his administration to cooperate on transition.

"The pandemic is continuing to have a significant public health impact across the nation", Dr. David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, and newly appointed chief medical adviser for the inauguration, said in a statement.

"Joe and I were elected to do a job, which is to build back better and to fight for the best of who we are as a nation", she said. In the past week, it has reported an average of more than 215,000 new infections a day.

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