WASHINGTON -The US Capitol may be closed because of the coronavirus, Democrat Steny Hoyer, the leader of the majority faction in the House of Representatives, told reporters.
“We have not yet begun to address the issue of whether we need to close the Capitol to visitors. We will discuss this,” Hoyer said. According to him, it is likely that “at some point” the Capitol will be closed.
The Capitol, where both ho
uses of Congress sit, is usually open to visitors daily, unlike the White House, where access to the tour is only possible by appointment and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Congress is actively working in the Capitol and surrounding buildings. So, on Wednesday, several congressional hearings are being held, while a bill to support the economy is being developed, and a vote on it is scheduled for Thursday.
In the United States, more than 1,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus, and at least 31 have died.