No Parade But Military Escort At Biden’s Inauguration
Joe Biden’s inauguration as the new US president on January 20 is being severely restricted due to the coronavirus.
Instead of the traditional post-inauguration parade, the newly elected president will be escorted to the White House by a military escort on a shorter route, the presidential inauguration committee announced.
The committee previously announced that the ceremony would be “minimal” to prevent the coronavirus’s spread as much as possible.
Biden, therefore, called on Americans not to be sworn in. After consultation with health officials, it was decided not to allow large crowds to enter the National Mall near the White House and the Capitol.
The new president will also inspect soldiers from an appropriate distance during the ceremony. The escort that Biden brings to the White House will consist of deputy soldiers, each representing a different US military branch.
A “virtual parade” is being set up for television viewers, including music, marching bands and Americans with essential professions in the corona crisis.