DemDaily: Securing the Capitol
January 16, 2021
Ten days after the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol building by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, and four days before the historic inauguration of Joseph Biden, the nation's Capital is on the greatest security lockdown in modern history.
The inauguration has been classified a "National Special Security Event" by Homeland Security, putting the Secret Service in charge of security procedures, with the support of dozens of federal and state agencies.
HQ is the Secret Service's Washington field office, the Multi-Agency Command Center (MACC), which will coordinate representatives from over 50 agencies and companies from the FBI, Homeland, National Guard, Defense Department and Capitol, District and Park Police, to the gas company, rail company CSX and Amtrak.The Real Threat
The FBI has issued alerts warning of armed protests that are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol between January 16th through January 20th, with an emphasis on this Sunday.
In briefings this week, Members of Congress were told that threats, among others, included attacks against their lives, coordinated attacks on the White House and/or the US Capitol during inaugural, among others.
Among the most dangerous were substantial threats of improvised explosive devices (IUDs) and calls from organized White supremacist groups calling for "MAGA" devotees to flood Washington in a "Million Militia March."
"Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, including last week's violent insurrection as well as the ongoing and deadly COVID-19 pandemic, we are...encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, DC and to instead participate virtually.
-- DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam 1/11/21
Locking Down DC
January 15th (Friday) - January 21st (Thursday)
The National Park Service has closed the National Mall, which includes the Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian museums and Washington Monument. Extensive fencing has been erected around the perimeter, including the area surrounding the White House.Areas near the US Navy Memorial and John Marshall Park have been designated as demonstration areas, with limited number of participants, for those holding permits only.
Bridges and their accompanying sidewalks closures:
* Arlington Memorial Bridge: January 15th-21st
* Theodore Roosevelt Bridge: January 19th-21st
* 14th Street Bridge: January 19th-21st
* Key Bridge, January 19th-21st
Streets and Park Areas
Streets, areas and adjacent sidewalks closed to public use until after the Inauguration:
* Constitution Avenue between First Street NW and Second Street NE
* Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue SW and Second Street SE
* First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and Independence Avenue SE
* East Capitol Street NE between First Street and Second Street
NW to 17th Street, NW
* 17th Street , NW to H Street, NW
* H Street, NW to 15th Street, NW
* 15th Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
* Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, from 15th Street, NW to 3rd Street,
SW (except for designated First Amendment activities)
* 3rd Street, SW, from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
to Independence Avenue, SW
* Independence Avenue, SW, from 3rd Street, SW,
to Ohio Drive, SW
* Ohio Drive, SW, to Rock Creek Parkway, NW
* East and West Potomac Parks including Hains Point,
all memorials and NPS areas contained within
* On and off ramps to Potomac Park, from I-395 N and I-395
* Lincoln Memorial Circle
* Memorial Bridge, from Washington Blvd to Lincoln Memorial
* The White House Complex, all of Lafayette Park and the White House sidewalk,
the Ellipse, First Division Park and Sherman Park.
January 15 (Friday) - January 21st (Thursday)
Metro will close 13 stations inside the security perimeter, through Thursday. During this time trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping.
For the six-day period, trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (every 12 minutes on the Red Line/15 minutes on all other lines), and will pass through the closed stations without stopping.
January 15 (Friday) - January 21st (Thursday)
26 bus routes will be detoured around the expanded security perimeter. Metrobus will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends to accommodate customers making trips outside the zone, with the exception of January 20th, when buses will operate on a Saturday schedule.
* Security has been increased in DC and at major airports across the nation.
* American has suspended alcohol service on flights to and from DC and Baltimore from January 16th-21st.
* Delta Air Lines, United, Alaska, American and Southwest are prohibiting checking guns to Washington-area airports from January 16th-23rd.
* The FAA announced a new directive, applicable through the end of March, of fines up to $35,000 for unruly air travelers or those who assault, threaten or intimidate crews.
* Lime, Lyft, Spin, and Helbiz will disable scooters downtown, suspending service between K Street NW and Independence Avenue, and 19th Street NW and 2nd Street NE/2nd Street SE.
* DC's biking service has already closed stations around Capitol Hill, the National Mall and Union Station.
The DC government currently requires visitors to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling, and to get tested within 3-5 days of arrival if you are visiting for more than three days.
Indoor dining in at DC restaurants has also been suspended through January 21st.
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Sources: Secret Service, DCGovernment, WTOP, Washington Post, WMATA