It's hard to fathom that our state's Capitol has been pretty much shut down since March of this year. After the madness that occurred on January 6 in the OTHER Washington (D.C.), and then coronavirus pandemic concerns, tensions have been heightened at state capitols across the mainland! The Olympia capitol has been closed because of the pandemic, as have other government facilities across the state.

As someone who was fortunate to take one of those tours to the Governor's Mansion in Olympia in 2020, I for one am happy to hear the just announced good news regarding the goings on in our state capitol in Olympia. Multiple news outlets including Q13 News are reporting that beginning July 1, Olympia is back open for business as usual.
Even though the Capitol is reopening, if you have been wanting to take a tour around the Capitol, rent one of the Capitol Building's facilities, or have a group tour, there are still a few guidelines to know about.

One of the updates from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services includes a notice that the Governor's Mansion tours will not reopen until September of this year.

Fun Fact: I just became a Trustee of the Governor's Mansion Foundation, and I am so excited about that! Stay tuned for details on upcoming virtual events!

Finally, one last thing to keep in mind that many buildings around the Capitol are still closed to the public, however the Legislative Building, State Archives, and and Highway Licenses will be (and in some cases already are publicly accessible).

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