Northam, other leaders ask Americans to avoid travel to D.C. for Biden inauguration

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Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 4:45 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - Virtual participation for this year’s 59th Presidential Inauguration is being encouraged for all Americans following a joint call and statement from the chief of executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

According to Northam’s office, the governor was joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Governor Larry Hogan on a call Monday in response to the recent violence at the United State Capitol.

Along with the concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the three leaders released a statement calling for people to avoid the area on January 20:

“January 6, 2021 is now a seminal moment in American history. We are grateful for the courageous efforts of every law enforcement officer, Guard member, and first responder who heroically worked to secure the Capitol and ensure our nation’s democracy prevailed.

“On January 20, there will be a transition of power, and we will work together, and with our partners in the federal government, to ensure the safety of the National Capital Region. Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week’s violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C. and to instead participate virtually.

“In this very trying time, January 6 was a dark moment for our nation. But we know that we will get through this period because American ideals are stronger than one extreme ideology. Together, we will overcome extremism and get back to the work of our residents.”

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