Thousands of National Guard soldiers are already on standby to enhance security measures ahead of the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.
Two National Guard members have been excluded from duties related to the inauguration after being vetted for ties to extremist movements.
Metal fences and barriers have been erected around the White House and Capitol to avoid violent confrontations.
Only those with passes to participate in the inauguration are allowed to enter.
The tense atmosphere has caused some residents to feel anxious.
One resident said, “It’s so strange. The city has never had so many troops and so many police forces deployed around. We understand why this is happening, but it just feels so strange. It’s all bordering on a little bit absurd.”