The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Tuesday urged Individuals to chorus from touring for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ inauguration on January 20 amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
Biden and Harris will take their oaths of workplace on the US Capitol throughout a considerably scaled-down inauguration ceremony that may implement “vigorous well being and security protocols,” the committee mentioned in a information launch.
The ceremony’s footprint shall be “extraordinarily restricted,” in accordance with the committee, and the parade on Inauguration Day shall be “reimagined.”
“Our objective is to create an inauguration that retains folks protected, honors the grand traditions of the Presidency, and showcases the Biden-Harris Administration’s renewed American imaginative and prescient for an inclusive, equitable, and unified citizenry,” committee CEO Tony Allen mentioned in an announcement.
The announcement got here a day after the US surpassed 300,000 deaths from Covid-19.
Very like the Democratic Nationwide Conference — which was compelled to go surfing over the summer season in efforts to maintain the virus from spreading — the inauguration festivities will function a digital program to permit Individuals to take part from house.
Extra particulars concerning the January 20 occasion shall be introduced within the coming weeks, the committee mentioned.
The expectation is the occasion itself shall be smaller than common and attendees should put on masks and keep social distance inside the ticketed parameters. There may be additionally ongoing dialogue about requiring Covid-19 exams for anybody who will stand on the primary platform close to the President-elect, who’s 78.
The committee additionally on Tuesday introduced extra additions to the group.
Dr. David Kessler, the previous commissioner of the Meals and Drug Administration who has been advising Biden on the pandemic, will be part of the planning committee as its chief medical adviser. The committee mentioned it might seek the advice of with extra medical consultants and that it has employed skilled employees to concentrate on well being and security protocols with a purpose to maintain a protected occasion.
“The pandemic is constant to have a major public well being influence throughout the nation,” Kessler mentioned. “Individuals all over the place should do their half to gradual the unfold of the virus: put on masks, keep house, and restrict gatherings. We’re asking Individuals to take part in inaugural occasions from house to guard themselves, their households, pals, and communities.”
Stephanie Cutter and Ricky Kirshner are becoming a member of the planning group as govt producers, and Rod O’Connor shall be a senior adviser. They may work with different professionals who helped produce the Democratic conference, in addition to previous presidential inaugurations, Tremendous Bowl halftime exhibits and the Tony Awards.
It stays unclear whether or not President Donald Trump will attend the inauguration. CNN has beforehand reported that nearly no person across the President mentioned they might envision the dropping incumbent attending his successor’s inauguration, however that some Republicans and aides to Trump are encouraging him to not less than take into account attending Biden’s swearing-in. Trump has refused to concede the election, the outcomes of which have been affirmed Monday by the Electoral College, and has continued to make baseless claims of widespread voter fraud and election rigging.
Biden’s inaugural committee is working carefully with the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. A spokeswoman for JCCIC beforehand advised CNN that it had voted in June to conduct the swearing-in ceremony on the West Entrance of the US Capitol, the place the development of the platform is underway.
Paige Waltz advised CNN in an announcement that the JCCIC was “dedicated to a conventional, protected, and inclusive ceremonies and is continuing beneath the course that it’s extra possible to scale down the plans than it’s to scale up.”