Washington Monument Closed Thru Jan 24 Due To "Credible Threats" To Disrupt Biden Inauguration

As no less than 6,000 National Guard troops arrive in the Washington Metropolitan Area within the next 24 hours to beef up security around the US Capitol complex, moments ago the National Parks Service said that it was “temporarily” closing the Washington Monument and other public spaces in DC due to “credible threats to visitors and park resources” as “groups involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.”

The shutdown will begin on Jan 11 and will remain in effect through Jan 24, “but may be extended if conditions persist.” The Park service explained that the “temporary closures are not of a nature, magnitude or duration that will result in a ‘significant alteration in the public use pattern’.”

It was unclear how the Park Service had determined that the those involved in the Jan 6 riots remains “credible threats.”

The full statement is below.