The state Capitol Campus is popular destination over Memorial Day weekend, with people visiting numerous memorials. Despite the pandemic, 2021 is expected to be no different.
Senate Bill 5038, which prohibits open carry of weapons at the Capitol, took effect in May.
DES is not yet issuing event permits, and does not have a set date to restart. DES is working to update health and safety protocols to align with current guidance. Once reopening has occurred and the new protocols are in place, DES will begin issuing permits as quickly as possible.
Meanwhile, people may submit event applications for consideration. If DES is able to issue permit approvals before an event’s requested date, the permit may be approved. If DES is not able to issue permit approvals before the event date it will be denied.
DES is issuing permits for displays, except for bridge banners that hang from the pedestrian walking bridge over Capitol Way South. DES will begin issuing permits for bridge banners at the same time event permits restart.
Buildings on the Capitol Campus, including the Legislative Building, have been closed to the public since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Discussions with building tenants about re-opening the buildings to the public are ongoing. All decisions on building access levels are made in coordination with building tenants.
DES continues to provide civic education via virtual tours. Learn more on the DES website.
We’d also like to remind people that many virtual events and celebrations are available, even as vaccination rates rise and our state transitions toward re-opening.
Information on event permit and building status may be found on the DES pandemic web page.
Additional visitor information may be found on the Capitol Campus web page.