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Update on Capitol Campus buildings and services upon state reopening

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Several DES services on the Capitol Campus will re-start on July 1 following the statewide reopening.

Permits

DES has started considering permits for outdoor events that will occur after June 30 as well as banners on the Capitol Way pedestrian bridge. The agency began issuing permits for all other types of displays on the campus in the spring.

Buildings

Some buildings on the Capitol Campus, including the Legislative Building, which have been closed to the public since March 2020, also will be open. Updates will be posted here as they are available.

When in doubt, call the agency before you visit. Decisions on building access levels are made in coordination with building tenants. Conversations with building tenants throughout the campus regarding restoring public access are ongoing.

Health guidance

Visitors in public spaces in buildings and on the grounds will be asked to follow current local, state and federal health guidance, such as for use of facial coverings. Tenants will set their own requirements for the building spaces they occupy.

Tours

DES is working to re-establish public and civic education tours, including recruiting and training civic education tour staff as well as volunteers for public tours and visitor reception. Learn how to volunteer.

DES is also working to restore botanical tours. DES will make announcements as tours restart. Meanwhile, virtual civic education tours are available.

Governor’s Mansion tours are managed by the Governor’s Mansion Foundation, and are scheduled to restart in September 2021.

Learn more

Updated information about reopening activities can be found on the DES Reopening page.

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