On Wednesday, Joe Biden was officially inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States.
Biden’s inauguration was unlike the inauguration of any other president.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a limited number of people were allowed to attend the ceremony and everyone was required to wear a protective mask.
Strong security measures
In addition to that, a lot of security personnel was deployed to prevent any turmoil that may resemble the one that occurred on January 6th when a group of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
A key part of the security measures was fencing with which the National Guard surrounded the Capitol area during the inauguration.
Soon after the conclusion of the event, the fencing removal process was started.
As John J. Falcicchio, Deputy Major of Washington, D.C., has tweeted, crews were expected to remove the barriers on the main streets beginning with the eastern part and then moving on to the west.
He encouraged residents to be patient as the process may take time, and that it will probably take more than 36 hours to clear the area.
Later on, Falcicchio shared a video showing the removal process.
No incidents around the Capitol
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser expressed her gratefulness to residents and businesses for being patient during the inauguration.
On Thursday morning, the removal process of a display of 191,500 flags that were attached to the National Mall started as well.
The flags were arranged to represent the people who were not allowed to attend the inauguration.
The so-called “Field of Flags” occupied nearly 10 blocks of the National Mall and included an installation brightened by 56 spotlights.
It consisted of both the federal flag and the flags from the U.S. states and territories.
To the sadness of many locals, no one was allowed to see the installation in person.
Along with other inaugural festivities, it was only visible in the virtual form.
In addition to that, the inaugural ball was canceled and the “Celebrating America” show was broadcasted only via TV.
As a part of the security actions during the inauguration, three people were arrested on Wednesday.
Two of them were detained for the possession of unregistered ammunition while the third person was arrested for the possession of a BB gun.
Given the level of alertness involved in the inauguration process, this does not seem like a huge number.