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Washington to would-be inauguration visitors: Stay home

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Instead of rolling out the red carpet for visitors, DC is rolling it up as threats of armed protests darken an inauguration that was already set to be severely curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and President-elect Biden's Presidential Inaugural Committee "have made it clear that it's for everyone's benefit to stay home and celebrate inauguration virtually in light of the unprecedented attack on American democracy last week and ongoing threat to our country as outlined by the FBI," said Elliott L.

The National Park Service closed the Washington Monument to visitors on Monday through January 24, citing threats from the groups behind the Capitol riot to "disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration. "

The Hotel Association of Washington, DC didn't respond to requests for comment about bookings for the upcoming inauguration, but presidential inaugurations typically bring a lot of business to the district.

"Inauguration is typically a shot in the arm for the DC economy, when visitors come and stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and experience the city in addition to celebrating the incoming president," said Destination DC's Ferguson.

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