The House and Senate Galleries, where the public can view legislative proceedings, have been closed since the COVID-19 pandemic began but The Epoch Times has learned exclusively that the galleries will finally be reopened to visitors.
“We are in the process of reopening them in September,” a spokesman for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) told The Epoch Times via email.
The spokesman said that COVID-19 caused the initial shutdown and that the galleries have remained closed because of USCP staffing shortages.
COVID-19 Shutdown
Currently, the public can get tours of the building through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center or their representatives’ offices but are blocked by ropes from going near the House and Senate chambers. The galleries of the Senate and the House of Representatives are the balcony seats above the floor where the public, media, and visitors can watch the proceedings when either body is in session….


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