SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon's Capitol reopened to the public Monday, after being closed for 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Over 70% of Oregonians 18 and older are now vaccinated against COVID-19 and community spread has reduced considerably," said Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek in a statement. "We are extremely grateful to Oregonians for stepping up to help beat this pandemic. With new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and the lifting of county risk levels, we are excited to expand entry to the Capitol to include members of the public.”
The Oregon State Capitol visitor services staff will be bringing back many of the services it provides for visitors over the next few weeks including:
- The Capitol Store will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the next few weeks.
- Capitol tours will be self-guided for the week of July 12.
- Guided tours will be offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning July 19. Beginning mid-August, guided tours will be expanded to four tours per day.
- Tower tours will resume in 2022.
The Senate and House wings of the building will be closed through Dec. 31.
The State Street entrances and front steps will also be temporarily closed for construction. Visitors can use the North ADA entrances to enter the building.
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