Massive road closures, a heightened security presence and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced people to observe President Joe Biden’s inauguration from afar this year.
Areas like the National Mall and Constitution Avenue, typically packed with attendees pining to catch a glimpse of the new president, were blocked off to the public amid safety concerns after a siege on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Although some conflict was anticipated, the city saw few people protesting Biden’s presidency throughout the day.
Here’s a glimpse of the day from the outskirts of the Capitol:
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