Tomorrow, we will celebrate the 59th Presidential Inauguration and officially welcome President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to the District.
During this exciting time, I am honored to serve as your Councilmember. I will be proudly watching from home during this significant moment in history as the President and Vice President, the first woman and the first Black and Indian American to hold this position, take the Oath of Office. I ask that you join me in watching the Inauguration virtually and avoid the downtown area due to the ongoing public health emergency and security concerns.
For additional details about tomorrow's events, and to watch the live stream of the inauguration, visit https://bideninaugural.org/watch/.
Amidst the anticipation of tomorrow, I know that the events of January 6th have frightened our community and raised significant concerns about personal and public safety. National Guardsmen are deployed across the District and road blocks have made navigating Downtown difficult. I know this is a difficult time for our businesses and residents and I thank everyone for their resilience, understanding, and generosity during this challenging time. The outpouring of support from Ward 2 restaurants like Penn Quarter Sports Tavern and Chef Jose Andres is inspiring to us all.
There is additional information below regarding federal and local efforts to keep residents safe, including a comprehensive list of road closures. Today, I joined Mayor Bowser, MPD and DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency for a press conference to review the measures that have been put in place to ensure the safety of residents in Ward 2 and across the District. You can watch the press conference here.
Please be sure to share this information with your families, friends, and neighbors. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our office. At this time, we are receiving an unprecedented number of calls and emails, and ask that you submit a request at www.brookepintodc.com/help. If you need immediate assistance, please call 311. We are working to provide responses to all inquiries as quickly as possible.
Yours in Service,
How to Receive Email and Text Alerts
The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will provide public safety, public transit, road closure, and weather alerts during inauguration week via text. To sign up, text INAUG2021 to 888-777. You can also click here to receive these inauguration updates from HSEMA via email.
For information regarding traffic updates, public security, city services, weather advisories, and more, visit https://inauguration.dc.gov.
To register for important updates from the District government, sign up for AlertDC at https://alertdc.dc.gov.
The Current State of Emergency and Security Measures
The Mayor’s request that the President declare a pre-Emergency Declaration for the District of Columbia has been granted. This is necessary because this Inauguration poses several unprecedented challenges that exceed the scope of our traditional planning processes, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the January 6 domestic terror attack on the United States Capitol.
The U.S. Secret Service is leading coordination of security for the US Capitol during the inauguration. The priority for this coordination is the protection of the incoming President, Vice President and all federal property.
Up to 20,000 troops from the National Guard are on-call and available for deployment, many of whom are already stationed at the US Capitol.
The presence of the National Guard will ensure the Metropolitan Police Department is able to focus on its local mission in the District’s eight wards. MPD will have their entire sworn officer force activated and working 12-hour shifts with one day off until after the inauguration. It is my understanding MPD and the members of the National Guard will be the primary responders to any issues in DC neighborhoods.
If you see or hear something suspicious, please say something. Let’s all help to keep one another safe. For emergencies, please call 911. You can also send an anonymous message to MPD by texting 50411.
Road Closures and Public Access
Access into Washington, D.C. will be limited Jan. 16-21. The following is a comprehensive map and summary of routes and their status that day:
Download a pdf of the 2021 Inauguration Map.
All vehicle checkpoints are for authorized vehicles only.
2021 Inaugural Road & Bridge Closures
Additional Road Closures
Please note that most parking garages in Downtown DC will be closed starting today, Jan. 15, 2021 at 6:00 am.
You can also click here to follow @DCPoliceTraffic on Twitter for minute-to-minute updates on road closures citywide.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has announced major adjustments to service during the period Friday, January 15, through Thursday, January 21. This includes the closure of 13 metro stations and the detouring of more than 26 bus lines. A weekend schedule will also be implemented on certain days.
DC Streetcar service is suspended immediately until further notice. For the latest information about service, please visit dcstreetcar.com.
Capital Bikeshare stations around the National Mall, Capitol Hill and Union Station will be unavailable until further notice.
Have Information Regarding the Recent Attack on the United States Capitol Building?
MPD seeks assistance in identifying persons of interest in reference to criminal offenses related to unrest at the US Capitol that occurred on January 6th.
If you have information you can call (202) 727-9099 or send an anonymous tip to 50411. Text, photo and video messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips on serious or violent crimes will be investigated by members of the department. If you would like a police response for any incident, please call 911
In addition, the FBI is seeking assistance in locating and identifying a suspect responsible for the pipe bombs found in DC on January 6th. Reward of up to $50k. If you have information you can call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit http://fbi.gov/USCapitol.