Coronavirus leads to cancellation of all public events at Capitol Complex, Governor's Residence
All public events in the Capitol Complex and the Governor’s Residence are being canceled effective Friday, March 13, until further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus, the state announced today.
The cancelation of events applies to all interior and exterior venues in Pennsylvania's Capitol Complex and will affect public gatherings such as rallies, school or group tours, choir performances and receptions, according to a release put out by the Department of General Services.
All operations of the Governor’s Office and General Assembly will continue, but access to the Capitol Complex will be limited to employees with badge keycard credentials, according to the release.
The Capitol Complex includes the Main Capitol Rotunda, East Wing Rotunda, Keystone Building Atrium, Forum Auditorium and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of the public,” Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper. “This protective measure to limit social distances is being made in consultation with the Department of Health and is in keeping with the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines. The Department of General Services appreciates the partnership with the General Assembly as we take this necessary step regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”