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Joe Biden inauguration luncheon canceled over COVID-19 concerns: report

Joe Biden inauguration luncheon canceled over COVID-19
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WASHINGTON — Welcome back to Washington, Joe.

The congressional committee planning Joe Biden’s inauguration festivities have canceled a traditional luncheon for the new president, citing concerns over COVID-19.

According to a Bloomberg report, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies had intended to host the event with social-distancing protocols but nixed the luncheon after speaking with Biden’s inauguration team.

“The health and safety of all guests attending the ceremonies has remained a top priority throughout the planning process,” Paige Waltz, a spokeswoman for the congressional committee, told the publication.

The Inauguration Luncheon is a tradition which dates back to 1897 and is a lunch for the new president and lawmakers when the commander in chief takes the oath of office.

Biden will experience a very low-key welcome to Washington as coronavirus infections continue to rise across the country.

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The enormous parades and crowds enjoyed by past presidents will not greet Biden after his inaugural committee asked supporters not to visit Washington, D.C., and teased a “reimagined” parade amid the health crisis.

“President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris will take their oaths of office at the U.S. Capitol during a historic ceremony that includes vigorous health and safety protocols,” the inaugural committee confirmed in a press release.

“The ceremony’s footprint will be extremely limited, and the parade that follows will be reimagined. The [committee] is urging the public to refrain from any travel and [to] participate in the inaugural activities from home.”

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