Updated: February 26, 2021
U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris will be sworn in to office on the steps of the Capitol on January 20 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Multiple outlets quoted the planning committee as urging Americans to stay home and limit gatherings during the inauguration.
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Biden’s planning committee said the President-elect will be sworn in to office on the west side of the Capitol, and that he will give an inauguration address from the platform.
Recent inaugurations had taken place at the National Mall with tens of thousands of Americans attending them. However, with the coronavirus killing thousands of Americans every day, Biden and Harris have chosen safety over a big celebration.