Inaugural Tickets: Past Practices and Considerations for 2021 [Updated December 22, 2020] [open pdf - 663KB]
From the Document: "Since the 20th Amendment was ratified, the oath of office for President of the United States has been administered every four years on January 20. The next presidential inauguration is scheduled to take place on January 20, 2021. The move to the West Front of the Capitol not only accommodated larger crowds who could view the ceremony from the Capitol grounds, but also allowed for use of the National Mall. Additionally, the Architect of the Capitol has been able to build a larger platform on the West Front, which in recent years has accommodated more than 1,600 people. For the 2021 swearing-in ceremony, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) has announced that as a result of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] the in-person audience will be reduced to a size that 'resembles the State of the Union,' with congressional attendance limited to Members of Congress and one guest. Given the limited in-person attendance at the ceremony, the JCCIC is 'working on enhanced opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to the traditional televised national broadcast.'"
CRS In Focus, IF11688
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/