In case there was any doubt, there will be no Christmas inside the Capitol this year.
On Thursday, officials at the state Department of General Services, which manages the Pennsylvania state Capitol complex and its grounds, said they were shuttering it to public access until further notice, citing rising COVID-19 caseloads.
All operations for the Governor’s Office and General Assembly will continue, but access to the Capitol will be limited to employees and people with badge keycard credentials — a cohort that also includes lobbyists and journalists who are credential to cover the building.
“The cancelation of visits and events applies to all interior venues in the Capitol Complex and will affect rallies, school or group tours, choir performances, receptions, and other public gatherings. The Capitol Complex includes, but is not limited to, the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, Forum Auditorium and The State Museum of Pennsylvania,” the agency said in a statement.