In the wake of the insurrection that shook the US Capitol on January 6, the Secret Service has launched a massive security operation to protect the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. Nearly 25,000 National Guard troops are currently stationed in Washington, DC, and a “Green Zone” security cordon has been set up around the US Capitol.
With the potential threat of more violence this weekend, businesses in D.C. are boarding up, the National Mall is shut down and the Pentagon has authorized 25,000 troops for the inauguration. A stepped up security presence is also assembling at state capitols nationwide.
The FBI has warned of possible armed protests at all 50 state capitols. In an unprecedented move, the Mall and much of the surrounding area is closed to the public days ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration.
Vehicle traffic in much of the city will be prohibited or limited to residents and businesses only. Metro is shuttering stations in the city’s core and near the Mall. Street closures will continue through Thursday, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Secret Service.