Legislative office access to be by appointment only

The doors to the Cordell Hull Building are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Cordell Hull Building will reopen to staff and members on Monday, but the legislative office complex will remain largely closed to the public. There will be an exception for guests who have scheduled appointments with lawmakers.

About 23,000 executive branch employees who have been working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic will be doing so for another month. About 18,000 state employees, or 44% of the total full-time workforce, have still been required to come to work during COVID-19.


Here are the guidelines put out by the office of legislative administration:

RETURN TO WORK: What to Know

In preparation for our return to operations at the Cordell Hull Building, your health continues to be of primary concerns to us.  Our Speakers receive regular updates from top health officials concerning conditions and will continue to provide you with relevant information.

All staff is scheduled to return to work on Monday, May 4, 2020, at your regular schedule.

The Cordell Hull Building will continue to be closed to the public until further notice with the exception of guests who have a scheduled appointment with a Member.   All guests should be directed to enter through the 5th Avenue Main Entrance and should remain in hallways or common areas until the time of their appointment.  Please notify me one day in advance of any guest scheduled to come into the building for an appointment so that security can be notified for approval to enter the facility.

Following the Centers for Disease Control recommendations, we ask that staff practice these suggestions while at work:

  • Maintain six (6) foot physical distancing.
  • Wear a cloth mask or facial covering while in common areas and around other people in the facility. A simple scarf or bandana to cover your nose and mouth is sufficient.  If you need a mask, please let me know and we will provide one.
  • While in your suite, keep your door shut. Guests should remain in hallways and common areas until the time of scheduled appointments.
  • Avoid gathering in groups.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze using a tissue if possible.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer often.
  • Avoid touching your face.

If you are at home or at work and become ill with symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath, remain at home or leave the facility immediately and remain at home until you are free of fever and other symptoms without using fever-reducing medicine for at least 24 hours.  Notify your Member/Supervisor as soon as possible.

FACILITY OPERATIONS: Cleaning and Disinfecting Regularly

The Facilities Management Office has implemented new procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the building.  The facility is cleaned thoroughly on an on-going basis following the guidelines and products recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.  This includes common areas and office suites and air processing systems.

The Facilities Office staff will deliver to your suite all mail that has been held during our remote work absence.  Mail will be in your suite when you return to work on Monday.


7 Responses to Legislative office access to be by appointment only

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    What’s new? Gotta know someone to get in

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    Cynthia Andrews-Loopet says:

    It is very interesting that our legislators are pushing to open up the state, but do not intend to open Cordell Hall “until further notice.” What hypocrites and spineless human beings. You do not care about the health of the citizens of Tennessee, but you’re certainly making sure you are safe. The reality is, you know what the infectious disease docs and researchers are saying … that we are opening the state too soon. So, you keep yourselves safely tucked away in order to not be exposed to the coronavirus; but, you literally do not give a damn about your constituents! Just know that the blood of those who die in the coming weeks and months will be in your hands!! You are vile, selfish and weak! You do not deserve to represent the citizens of Tennessee! We need men and women who will abide by the same expectations that are set for the citizens in re-opening the state! I have lost all respect for everyone of you!

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    JUDY R says:

    Whoa, Cynthia, chill out.

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      John says:

      If it’s safe to open the state, it’s safe to open Cordell Hull. But, State legislators know their morbid obesity, alcoholism, and STDs are pre-existing conditions that make them a high risk for grave complications. If it’s safe for everyone else to go to the gym, they sure as hell need to be on the front lines.

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        Beatrice Shaw says:

        alcoholism ?

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          John says:

          Have you ever met a Tennessee state legislator? Just go to the Oak Room or The Standard any day during session. Those per diems are keeping the Hermitage on the National Historic Register. You can also go to Bar Louie or Party Fowl to see Casada and former Rep Durham from the Williamson County GOP Swingers Club drinking with young male staffers.

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