Joe Biden’s proposed inauguration in January is planned to be a “scaled-down” event when compared with previous years as the country continues to be rattled by the coronavirus pandemic according to the proposed White House chief of staff Ron Klain.
“I think it’s going to definitely have to be changed. We started some consultations with House and Senate leadership on that. Obviously, this is not going to be the same kind of inauguration we had in the past,” Klain said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
He, however, added that Mr Biden and Kamala Harris will follow safety precautions, including wearing masks and socially distancing, on January 20th.
He said, “They’re going to try to have an inauguration that honours the importance and the symbolic meaning of the moment but also does not result in the spread of disease. That’s our goal”.
While responding to a question on the absence of big crowd on the Mall and parades, he said, “I’m going to let those plans unfold in consultation with folks in the Capitol who organize that, with the experts who plan that.
“You know, we ran a very effective and I think engaging Democratic convention this year in August, in a way that was safe for the people to participate and watch it in a way that communicates with the American people.”
“You know, I think we’ll have some mix of those techniques, some mix of, you know, scaled-down versions of the existing traditions”.
Klain noted that he doesn’t want to put a barrier on people celebrating the Biden presidency as they did by dancing in the streets when Biden and Harris were declared winners of the election by mainstream media on November 7.
He said, “We know people want to celebrate. There is something here to celebrate. We just want to try to find a way to do it as safely as possible”.