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Capitol, symbol of democracy, off-limits on Independence Day

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-03 18:53:19-04

WASHINGTON — The one-two punch of the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered the Capitol’s doors in the spring of 2020 and the deadly January riot by Donald Trump's supporters has left the icon of American democracy closed to all but a select few.

It's still off-limits to most public visitors.

And it's the longest stretch ever that the building has been closed in its 200-plus year history.

As the rest of the nation emerges from the pandemic this Fourth of July holiday, the people’s house faces a more difficult moment.

Millions of people usually visit each year, often in the summer months.

Congressional leaders are working on a plan to safely reopen.