Throughout the presidential campaign, we became accustomed to seeing Joe Biden standing in front of small groups of socially distanced people or socially distanced cars with people inside of them. Now, as the inauguration draws near, some of those people may be willing to risk the threat of COVID-19 to watch the 78-year-old Biden take office.
Most of Biden’s inauguration is expected to be virtual and his White House transition team is reportedly pushing interactive, online events in lieu of the typical meet and greets, cocktail parties and balls that would take place with a new president.
The swearing-in ceremony will still likely be traditional and that has at least a few of his voters thinking about traveling to the National Mall to witness his inauguration in person.
According to an article in the Daily Beast, President-elect Biden has encouraged his supporters to “not attend his inauguration” due to the once again surging coronavirus infections.
A traditional luncheon for the new president has already been canceled due to COVID concerns. In a ‘Bloomberg” article, Paige Waltz, a spokeswoman for the congressional committee, said, “The health and safety of all guests attending the ceremonies has remained a top priority throughout the planning process.”
This week the Trump International Hotel unblocked rooms for the week of the inauguration. Although, much like Biden’s rally’s, supporters would probably rather stay in their cars than pay to stay at a Trump-owned hotel.