Don’t Come to D.C. for Inauguration, Regional Leaders Urge

The leaders in D.C., Maryland and Virginia released a joint statement Monday with a message not only for their constituents, but Americans nationwide who want to attend the presidential inauguration.

“We are taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C., and to instead participate virtually,” said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowsers, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

The region’s chief executives held a conference call to discuss plans for the 59th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

One reason they asked for residents to stay away from the city is the country’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Monday, the total confirmed coronavirus cases in each jurisdiction are Virginia with 403,386, Maryland at 309,686 and D.C. with 31,993. About 12,000 people in the region have died from COVID-19.

Even during the pandemic, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday in protest of Biden’s win in the November election, resulting in at least five deaths and delaying Congress’ certification of Biden’s Electoral College votes until early Thursday morning.

“In this very trying time, Jan. 6 was a dark

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