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Pa. Capitol to reopen to the public on Monday

By: - March 16, 2021 12:09 pm

The Capitol building in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo)

The state Capitol will once again be open to the public next week.

Visitors will start being allowed into the building on Monday, March 22, the Department of General Services, which manages the Capitol complex and its grounds, said Tuesday. 

Both the state House and Senate will be in session next week.

The Capitol was closed to the public for a second time in early December due to rising COVID-19 cases, and remained closed, but with boosted security, amid the aftermath of the 2020 election.

The extra security, visible in the form of  Capitol Police officers with rifles and tactical gear, will remain when the Capitol reopens, the Department of General Services said in a statement.

Visitors must wear a mask and keep social distance. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at entrances.

All visitors, including lobbyists and non-credentialed press, also must pass through metal detectors, as they did before the pandemic.

The Capitol was first closed last year from March until June due to COVID-19. The most recent closure also led to occasional issues with press access.

During the Capitol’s public closure, only lawmakers, staff, and credentialed press were allowed in the building.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.