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Pandemic and security challenges alter Biden's inauguration procedure

Source : 112 Ukraine

Secret Service, National Guard and DC Metropolitan Police Department will join the efforts to protect public order
19:27, 19 January 2021

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One of the most anticipated events of these days, the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden has been somewhat changed - because of both coronavirus concerns and security reasons. BBC wrote this in their story, marking that the changes are observed in the composition of law enforcers guarding the Capitol Hill, in the road traffic, and, of course, in the number of people allowed to visit the ceremony and see it live.

"Inaugurations are designated a "National Special Security Event", meaning the US Secret Service has overall command, but this time they will be supported by an increased mix of forces, including the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the National Guard", reads the article.

The BBC added that travel restrictions are taking place, too, with Washington, D.C. territory being divided into the "green zone" and the "red zone". "Access will be closely guarded, with only residents or businesses allowed to move around the outer "green zone" while the "red zone" will be limited to just authorized vehicles", the story says. Moreover, Airbnb home rental companies and several local hotels canceled all sorts of booking activity for the period "around the inauguration", the news agency reported. 

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Of course, the traditional crowded ceremony of presidential inauguration was supposed to change, too - because of the quarantine restrictions.

"Images of the stage on the west side of the Capitol being prepared to show how different the event will look, with around 100 chairs spread over the space to allow the few guests there to keep socially distanced from one another. Those guests will be wearing face masks and will also be required to have had a negative Covid-19 test shortly before the event", reads the article.

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