The general public will not have access to the National Mall on Inauguration Day, according to an official familiar with the discussions.
The official said there will be no big screens, no toilets, no panels where people stand, and that the public will not be able to get down to the mall.
There are ongoing discussions between the District, National Park Service and the US Department of Interior on when the shutdown will happen. There won’t be access on Jan. 20, but when exactly before that is still the subject of discussion.
President-elect Joe Biden’s advisers, who are helping plan the inaugural, say it is intended to be a virtual event. They did not object to heightened security restrictions recommended by authorities pertaining to the Mall or the area surrounding the White House.
The restrictions on the National Mall were first reported by the Washington Post.