The governor's reopening plan on Monday didn't address when the people's house, and the governor's workplace, will reopen to the public. And House and Senate leaders are also not committing to any time frame for reopening the State House.
"In order to follow the parameters of CDC guidelines and public health best practices, the Statehouse will continue to remain closed to the public," Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said in a joint statement.
Gov. Charlie Baker outlined Monday a four-phase reopening plan that would gradually revitalize the state's economy and move the commonwealth into a "new normal." Construction projects and houses of worship got the green-light to begin operations immediately while businesses such as night clubs and large venues will have to wait until phase four, dubbed "new normal," to open up.
Offices in Boston are currently scheduled to reopen on June 1, but at 25 percent of capacity. However, it's unclear where the Statehouse falls under the reopening timeline. Baker said he and the Legislature, which share control of the building, are talking about "how they want to handle this place and space."
The governor did address the status of government agencies that serve the public.
"But state government generally is, on the executive side, has been open all the way through here and the big challenge for us, and it will roll out over the course of the next couple of weeks and we'll obviously make sure people have notice, is we're going to have to open up some stuff that we either started doing online or dramatically reduced the amount of customer-facing activity that we did, and we'll be rolling that out over the course of the next few weeks, but we fully expect to put as much of what we possibly can back in service," he said at Monday's news conference.
The Statehouse closed to the public the evening of March 16 and since then the once bustling hallways have been sparsely populated save for a few legislators attending House and Senate sessions and during the governor's daily press conferences.
A spokesperson for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance deferred to the governor's comments from Monday. The division oversees the Bureau of the Statehouse which is responsible for the operation of the building.
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