District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that in order to prevent violence during President-elect Joe Biden’s January 20 inauguration officials are asking the public not to attend the event. (Jan. 13)

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MURIEL BOWSER: We have asked Americans not to come to the Washington DC event, but instead to participate virtually. And we know that is the right choice and the best way to keep everyone safe. And I also requested that the secretary of the Department of the Interior cancel any and all public gathering permits in the District of Columbia and deny any future applications during the special event period.

The events of January 6, the insurrection of the Capitol, those protests did not fall into a national special event category. The Inauguration of the president does, which puts in place an entirely different command and control structure within the federal government. So we are very confident about that type of coordination, as we have been with other national special security events. We will have a lot of people in town just supporting the security apparatus. And so we are trying to understand and balance the need for housing with also our– our encouragement that people not travel here.

I think you know prior to the 6th, there were a couple of hotels that decided to close their operations for the safety of their personnel and the integrity of their business operation. I think you’ll see some hotels do that. I think before I came in, I saw a notice from Airbnb that it would limit its bookings.