Sacramento, California 2021-06-11 16:20:04 –
Sacramento (AP / CBS13) – The California State Capitol will be open to the public starting next week, legislative leaders announced on Friday.
During the pandemic, the Parliament building was open to the public only on the day the parliament was held or when the members were hearing.
Starting Tuesday, the Capitol will be open to the public, whether or not the Legislature is meeting. However, the capacity for the first week is limited to 500 people. These limits could be raised to 1,000 by the week of June 21, according to a joint statement by Parliamentary Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate Chairman Toni Atkins.
“The legislature is an employer and an important legislative body that must maintain the safety of the workforce while at the same time ensuring access for the people to participate in the democratic process,” the leader said. “We promise to provide the widest access to the people and to do so in a way that protects them and the employees of the Capitol.”
Parliament has been meeting since January and will meet until mid-September.
Governor Gavin Newsom will lift most of the state’s coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday.
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