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Legislative office complex to remain shuttered until May 4

The doors of the state Capitol were closed to the public on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

The Cordell Hull Building will remain closed to lawmakers, staff, media, and the public until at least May 4. The announcement by building administrators follows Gov. Bill Lee’s decision extend a statewide stay-at-home order for nonessential business until the end of April.

The legislative office complex has been vacated since March 23. The General Assembly the previous week passed an emergency budget and left for what was planned to be a 75-day hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan has been to return on June 1.

Here is the notice sent out by Connie Ridley, the director of legislative administration, on Monday:

Lieutenant Governor McNally and Speaker Sexton advise that staff should not plan to return to the Cordell Hull Building until Monday, May 4, 2020.  They will continue to monitor the situation and update you as necessary.

Please continue to perform duties remotely per our earlier notice and monitor your email for updates.

Prior approval must be obtained from your Chief of Staff, Chief Clerk, your Director or me to enter the building during this period.