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U.S. Capitol Tours to be Suspended

March 12, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Out of an abundance of caution, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Capitol Visitor Center has temporarily suspended all U.S. Capitol tours beginning at 5:00 p.m. on March 12, 2020. The suspension is currently anticipated to remain in effect until 8:00 a.m. on April 1, 2020. The White House and Bureau of Engraving and Printing have also temporarily suspended all tours. U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) has released guidelines for constituents who have already booked tours through his office or are considering a trip to Washington, D.C.
“Protecting the health and safety of our constituents remains my top priority,” said Rep. Hudson. “Suspending tours and following guidelines from experts at the CDC can help limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus in our nation’s capital and around the country. My office remains able to help answer any questions and I encourage constituents to visit the latest updates on tours and resources to address the coronavirus.”
Each month, Rep. Hudson’s office schedules numerous tours for constituents visiting Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol, White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and other sites. So far in 2020, Rep. Hudson’s office has booked more than 140 tours that have already been completed or are scheduled for later in the year. Rep. Hudson is assuring people with tours impacted by the suspension that they will be able to reschedule at a later date.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to schedule a tour:
While the White House and Bureau of Engraving and Printing have suspended tours indefinitely, our office is currently available to process U.S. Capitol tour requests beginning after April 1. Constituents should keep in mind further tour cancellations could occur.
For tours scheduled between March 13 - April 1, 2020:
All tours between March 13 and April 1 are cancelled at this time. Our office will be available to assist people with already scheduled tours impacted by the suspension to reschedule once tours resume.
Can I visit the office?
Our office in Washington, D.C. remains open to staff and official business visitors. Official business visitors will have to be greeted at various building entrances and personally escorted to and from the office by a staff member. Constituents without official business are not able to visit the office at this time. District offices in Concord, Fayetteville, Pinehurst and Albemarle remain open during normal business hours.