President Joe Biden will deliver his inaugural joint address to a mostly absent Congress, Supreme Court, and Cabinet in order to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions.
Just 200 people will be sitting in the House for the event.
Instead of addressing a chamber packed with 535 members and a thousand more guests, including the presidential Cabinet, Supreme Court justices, and the diplomatic corps, Biden will be facing a partially empty room.
Even the press corps, which normally numbers in the hundreds, has been whittled down to only a few journalists.
Lawmakers were also pared back. Only 80 House lawmakers will be in attendance and just 60 senators, divided evenly between the parties.
Chief Justice John Roberts will be the sole representative from the high court, while just two out of Biden’s Cabinet secretaries scored seats for the speech.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be in the