Organizers for Joe Biden's inauguration announced Sunday (January 3) new details about the proposed plans for January 20 that will be less pomp and circumstance and more geared towards the current way many in the country now connect with one another.
The inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden will be scaled back to avoid coronavirus infections.
The presidential inauguration is set to be different from the past due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
While there will still be people in attendance with social distancing protocols in place, Rep. James Clyburn, co-chair of the Biden inaugural committee, told USA Today only about 2,000 people are expected to attend the event in person.
For weeks, Joe Biden's transition team prepared for festivities that will be mostly virtual. Normally, 200,000 tickets are distributed to members of Congress for their constituents.
Biden's inaugural committee said in a press release that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be sworn in on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, at the event on January 20, then would be escorted to the White House by representatives from each branch of the military.
Pass in Reviews are a long-standing military tradition that reflect the peaceful transfer of power to a new Commander-in-Chief, during which the President-elect, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of military troops.
"This is an exciting opportunity to work with Americans across the country to showcase President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect (Kamala) Harris' steadfast commitment to a diverse, inclusive and unified nation", said Tony Allen, the inaugural committee's chief executive officer.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Sunday that Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden will forgo the traditional inaugural parade on January 20, due to worries over the coronavirus pandemic. That, the Presidential Inaugural Committee says, will be socially distanced too, while "providing the American people and world with historic images of the President-elect proceeding to the White House without attracting large crowds".
The announcement of the celebration to come in three weeks was released as Republicans prepare to launch a quixotic yet controversial effort to challenge the election results when Congress meets Wednesday to certify Biden as the victor of the election.