March 11, 2020 / 4:00 PM / 20 days ago

U.S. Capitol may need to be closed to visitors in coronavirus response: senior Democrat

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building as seen before President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol may need to be closed to visitors at some point to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives said on Wednesday.

“We haven’t yet come to grips with whether we ought to close down the Capitol in terms of visitors,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters. “We’re going to be talking about that.”

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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