Monday, November 23, 2020
Associated Press and WBAL NewsRadio 1090/FM 101.5
With the coronavirus pandemic greatly limiting indoor and outdoor public events, the inauguration of Baltimore Mayor-elect Brandon Scott next month is expected to be a low-key event.
Scott’s chief of staff, Michael Huber, told The Baltimore Sun that Scott is thinking of convening in City Hall’s ceremonial room with the clerk of court, along with his parents. A cameraperson for the city’s Charm TV network would broadcast the event. Tentative plans call for Scott to make a brief address in front of City Hall to the media afterward.
Huber said there will be no invited guests or dignitaries at the Dec. 8 inauguration. Most of Scott’s family will not be there, either.
“The city is in too difficult of a position,” Huber said. “We have to model the absolute best practices with respect to crowd size.”
Scott already has called on city residents to cancel their Thanksgiving plans and likely will be offering the same advice for Christmas, Huber said. An oversized inaugural event would be a “slap in the face,” he said.
City Council President-elect Nick Mosby is calling for the traditional inaugural festivities to be canceled. He and incoming council members are expected to hold a news conference Monday afternoon outside City Hall. His team is developing an alternative plan for taking the oath of office on Dec. 10.
“Just as Baltimoreans should cancel their holiday plans to keep themselves and their families safe, the City Council is adhering to the guidelines put forth by leading experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our own Johns Hopkins University,” Mosby said in a statement. “We wish we could all be together to celebrate everything from Thanksgiving to the inauguration of Baltimore’s new leadership, but these times call for extreme vigilance. It would be irresponsible for the first act of the new council to be holding an event that puts people’s lives in danger.”