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WASHINGTON  —  The National Mall in Washington, DC will be closed to the general public during Inauguration Day.

Unprecedented levels of security are being implemented in the nation’s capital after last week’s deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The National Mall is normally packed with people during inaugural ceremonies on the Capitol’s west front.  The wide area runs from the foot of the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

Only authorized personnel will be allowed on the National Mall on Inauguration Day.

Officials have urged people to stay away from DC through Inauguration Day next Wednesday when Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn-in as the nation’s 46th president.