Well, I suppose all’s fair in love, war and the pandemic. The people in Washington have been locking down everyone else for the better part of a year, but now some of the nation’s most famous monument and attractions in America’s capital are being locked down as well. Citing “credible threats” identified by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, many tourist destinations in Washington D.C. will be closed until after the Inauguration on January 20th. The suspects in this situation are allegedly the same people who plotted to riot at the Capitol building last week. This announcement certainly sounds as if they’re serious about the threat level because they’re not even bothering couching it with any phrases such as “an abundance of caution.” (CBS Baltimore)
Several Washington DC attractions along the National Mall, including tours of Washington Monument, are temporarily closed due “to credible threats to visitors and park resources” ahead of the President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Groups involved in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021,” Superintendent Jeffrey P. Reinbold of the National Mall and Memorial Parks said in an alert. “This includes the set up and execution of inaugural events, which occur in several park areas.”
The National Park Services is suspending tours of the Washington Monument beginning Jan. 22 through Jan. 24. NPS may also temporarily close public access to roadways, parking area and restrooms within the National Mall area to “public safety and park resources.”
This decision is being announced by the National Park Services but it almost certainly originated further up the food chain than that. If the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t consulted on this move I would be very surprised indeed.