Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, in a joint statement with governors of neighboring Maryland and Virginia, urged Americans not to visit the capital on the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration and to follow the ceremony online.
A statement posted on the Mayor’s official website said: “On January 20, there will be a transfer of power, and we will cooperate with each other and with our partners in the federal government to ensure security in the metropolitan area. Given the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th inauguration of the president, including: With this brutal insurgency that occurred last week and the ongoing deadly COVID-19 epidemic, we are taking steps and measures to urge Americans not to come to Washington, but we are inviting them to participate virtually via the Internet. “
Earlier, the White House announced that US President Donald Trump had agreed to declare a state of emergency in Washington, DC.
It is noteworthy that on January 6, the day when Congress was scheduled to approve the results of the last presidential elections and officially declare Democrat Joe Biden the victory, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. As a result, the work of Congress stopped for several hours, and its members were evacuated, as well as US Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker of the Senate. And resulted in riots that broke out inside the building, killing at least 6 people.