Visitors banned from US Congress due to virus

The Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Photo: AP/ J. Scott Applewhite. The Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

The Associated Press
Updated: March 12, 2020 12:08 PM
Created: March 12, 2020 09:16 AM

Congress is shutting the Capitol and all House and Senate office buildings to the public until April in reaction to the spread of the new coronavirus.

The House and Senate sergeants at arms said that the closure will begin at 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. Only lawmakers, aides, journalists and official visitors will be allowed into the buildings.

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The statement says officials are acting "out of concern for the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public."

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