Official public events and activities are greatly curtailed this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and safety concerns, but there are still ways you can take part in this historic event.
Health and Safety Measures
Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the 59th Presidential Inauguration, the Virginia and Maryland Governors have joined the Mayor of Washington, D.C. in taking the extraordinary step of encouraging Americans not to come to Washington, D.C. and to instead participate virtually. Additionally, the National Mall is reported to be closed to visitors on that day. If you are planning to be at one of Arlington's 40 hotels on Inauguration Day, you can view the event on television and online.
Additionally, be sure to register for Arlington Alert to get free emergency alerts and other important information from Arlington County. Washington, D.C.'s ALERT DC notifications are available by texting INAUG2021 to 888-777.
The Arlington County Police Department's (ACPD) top priority is the safety and security of the residents, visitors and businesses of the national capital region. Learn more about ACPD's deployment of increased police resources in Arlington County, including both visible and non-visible assets, leading up to and during Inauguration Day.
As you plan, it’s important for you to know the many ways Arlington and its businesses are addressing health, safety, cleanliness and sanitation during your stay, and what to expect while you’re here. Be sure to check Arlington's Travel Updates and Health & Safety pages for the very latest information. Also, since you'll almost certainly be spending time in Washington, D.C., you should familiarize yourself with the latest DC Health guidance regarding travelers from states that are at high risk for COVID-19.