National Park Service shuts down access to Washington Monument until Jan. 24

The agency said Monday that it was implementing the temporary closure “in response to credible threats to visitors and park resources.”

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American flags fly around the Washington Monument Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington.

American flags fly around the Washington Monument Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Washington.

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The National Park Service is shutting down public access to the Washington Monument until Jan. 24, citing threats surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The agency said Monday that it was implementing the temporary closure “in response to credible threats to visitors and park resources.”

Park officials say that groups involved in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol are continuing to “threaten to disrupt” Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. As a result, officials are shutting down tours at the Washington Monument beginning Monday, running through Jan. 24.

They say they may also institute some temporary closures to roads, parking areas and restrooms on the National Mall and could extend the closures “if the conditions persist.”

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